Update at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 4
KENNEY, Ill. (WCIA) — The names of the Kenney shooting victims, which left one dead on Sunday, have now been publicly disclosed by officials.
John Wesley “Wes” Anderson, 78, was pronounced dead at the scene by DeWitt County Coroner Randy Rice. He was a resident of rural Kenney. The second victim was Kigan Antonio Munoz of Clinton, Illinois. He is currently in stable condition after being shot multiple times.
Both victims are relatives of suspect Jose De Jesus Gomez Munoz. Anderson was his father-in-law. Kigan Munoz was his son.
Jose De Jesus Gomez Munoz is still at large. This is an ongoing investigation. Any further updates will be provided on the DeWitt Sheriff Facebook page.
The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office thanks all agencies who have assisted in this investigation thus far.
Update at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 4
KENNEY, Ill. (WCIA) — As of this morning, DeWitt County authorities believe the suspect is no longer in the area due to the amount of time that has passed since the incident.
Those asked to leave the Kenney area may now return. Officers ask the public to contact law enforcement if they notice anything suspicious.
Update at 11 p.m.
KENNEY, Ill. (WCIA) — The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office has publicly released new details on Sunday afternoon’s shooting incident in rural Kenney. They confirmed one person is dead and the shooter remains at large.
The suspect has been identified as Jose De Jesus Gomez Munoz. Authorities described him as a 5’6 Hispanic man with a heavy build, black hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen fleeing the scene in a white 2019 Honda Accord with an Illinois license plate reading “DT50632.” He is also known as Jesus Munoz.
DeWitt County Sheriff Mike Walker elaborated on the incident in a Facebook livestream. At about 3:23 p.m., a call was made to officials about an active shooter at 635 Kenney Road. When officers responded to the scene, they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds in his vehicle on Illinois Route 54 and Jordan Street. The victim is currently being treated at Carle Hospital in Champaign, where he is in stable condition.
Four other occupants were found hiding from the suspect at the scene. They confirmed to authorities that a fifth person was fatally shot. Officers have since brought the four victims to safety. Further information about the deceased victim and the four occupants remain undisclosed at this time.
Munoz is wanted for murder and several other felony charges. He is still at large. Authorities believe it is possible he may be heading to Mexico, but his location is currently unknown.
Sheriff Walker advises those in and around Kenney to remain diligent and take precautions while the shooter is still at large. Anyone who has further information on this incident or knows the whereabouts of Munoz is asked to call their local law enforcement. Do not confront or approach the suspect if seen.
KENNEY, Ill. (WCIA) — The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office is tracking down an active shooter in the Kenney area.
Officers are currently investigating an active shooter incident that occurred on Kenney Road at 3:23 p.m. The suspect is a lone man who is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities believe he is still in the area.
The public is advised to avoid Kenney and the surrounding area. Sheriff Mike Walker requests that everyone within a two-mile radius of Kenney shelter in place, or safely evacuate the area if able. Those in the area should lock their doors and report any suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1.