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Suspect had hearing scheduled on kidnapping, other charges before Wednesday shooting

Authorities are still searching for a suspect after two people were shot dead and a third critically hurt in a shooting outside Eureka on Wednesday night.

Greenwood County Sheriff Rusty Bitler is not confirming the incident location or why deputies were called out. Bitler says the shooting happened at a house outside Eureka, and the suspect, 35-year-old Kevin Robert Welsh of Toronto, remains at large.

Deputies found two people dead and the third individual shot. That person was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita for treatment, according to Bitler. Eureka Herald editor Robin Wunderlich says the surviving victim was a woman who tried to flee the scene and rolled her vehicle, shattering several bones in addition to being shot several times. Wunderlich says she is in stable condition at last word.

Names have not been released pending family notification.

As officials continue the search, Greenwood County District Court tells KVOE News Welsh has a preliminary hearing Oct. 29 for a separate incident Aug. 23. Details have not been released, but Welsh is facing three charges of kidnapping, two of aggravated assault as well as charges of criminal threat and domestic battery. He was first set for a hearing Sept. 17, but that was continued to Oct. 29.

Welsh was free on $50,000 bond.

Meanwhile, several area school districts have gone into external lockdown mode as the investigation continues. Sheriff Jeff Cope says this was a precautionary step and there is no indication Welsh is near Lyon County at this time.

North Lyon County and South Lyon County have confirmed they are locked down, while Emporia, Eureka, Chase County and Madison are not.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are helping in the search, including the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Burlington Police and Kansas Highway Patrol. If you have seen Welsh or the vehicle in question, do not approach. Instead, call 911. If you have information, you can also call the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office at 620-583-5568.

KVOE News reporters Roger Hartsook and AJ Dome contributed to this report.

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