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. However, they have found the vehicle allegedly used by 35-year-old Kevin Welsh of Toronto abandoned in eastern Greenwood County. They are also releasing some additional information about the victims who were shot.
Greenwood County Detective Josh Nelson says the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is now the lead agency as the investigation continues. He also says Welsh is still considered armed and dangerous.
Nelson tells KVOE News a 54-year-old man and 52-year-old woman were shot dead, with a 26-year-old woman injured. Names have not been released pending family notification, but Greenwood County officials say the 26-year-old was an ex-girlfriend of Welsh. The 52-year-old woman was the ex-girlfriend's mother, while the man was the ex-girlfriend's stepfather.
Domestic violence apparently factored into the incident, although authorities are not saying how it started.
Nelson says investigators have been combing the area near the Woodson County line where the SUV was found.
It's unclear if Welsh is on foot now that the SUV originally in question has been found.
Nelson says a SWAT team also investigated Welsh's most recent residences in Toronto and Eureka as a precautionary measure. He says authorities are working through every lead they get as they try to apprehend Welsh.
While 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 freed on $50,000 bond on Sept. 3.
If you have seen Welsh, 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 AJ Dome and Roger Hartsook contributed to this report.