Alabama police launched a manhunt on Wednesday after a gunman wearing a camouflage shirt opened fire on an Alabama mobile home park and killed three people before escaping into the woods. He is still on the run.
Kenneth Dion Lever has been identified as the shooter and officials are warning residents of Gardendale and the surrounding area that the 52-year-old culprit is “considered armed and dangerous,” AL.com reported.
The shooting took place shortly after 8:00 am at the Peachtree Crossings mobile home community, where two adult women and one adult man were fatally injured. Police believe that the slayings “stemmed from a domestic situation,” noting that the victims were all related.
After the shooting, Lever – who has been described as a 5’10”, 220-pound man with blue eyes and brown hair wearing a camouflage T-shirt and jeans – fled into the woods. He reportedly stole a victim’s car to drive to an area where he had his own car waiting, which police believe is a 2017 red Nissan Sentra with Georgia plates.
Authorities from numerous city, county, and federal law enforcement agencies worked together to establish a perimeter, using a tracking dog and a helicopter to track Lever down.
According to the owner of the subdivision, Lever was not a resident of the area and was visiting from out of state. Public records show that Lever has a history of sexual assault and was the subject of a December 2016 protection from abuse order stemming from a complaint from his wife or ex-wife involving her 11-year-old daughter, whose therapist alerted her to potential abuse.
He was jailed twice in October 2015 in relation to two separate sexual assault cases but managed to post $100,000 each time to bail himself out. Lever is scheduled for jury trial on September 11.