Taylorville shooting suspect shoots himself in front of hospital

Police pursued Kennedy until he drove himself to the Taylorville Memorial Hospital. (Amanda Henderson)

Update 5:30 p.m.

The Taylorville Police Chief tells us Lee Kennedy suffered a head/face self-inflicted gunshot wound.

We were told earlier Monday, Kennedy is suspected of attempting an armed robbery at the Colonial Pantry in Stonington. He alleged to the attendant that he had a weapon, but didn’t get any money.

Police later came across the stolen vehicle, a 2004 Ford Focus sedan, on a rural road, pursued Kennedy until he drove himself to the Taylorville Memorial Hospital. He then crashed into the roundabout.

When he got out of the car he displayed a handgun. Police ordered Kennedy to drop the weapon and then he shot himself.

Medical staff at Taylorville Memorial Hospital attended to his wounds. He was later transported to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

The chief tells us he arrived at the hospital before 4 p.m.


The vehicle Lee Kennedy was driving has been recovered. Police say he then stole a charcoal grey 2004 Ford Focus sedan from Hillsboro.

Hillsboro schools were placed on lockdown as law enforcement officials search for Kennedy in that area.

The Hillsboro Schools Superintendent tells us all schools were dismissed on time after local law enforcement told the district they had reason to believe the suspect in question was no longer in Hillsboro.


The Taylorville Police Department is currently searching for a man in connection to a Monday morning shooting.

When officers responded to the 500 block of South Walnut Street, they learned there were three victims that had been shot including a 13-year-old juvenile.

According to a press release, all three victims were treated at Taylorville Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Springfield hospitals.

Authorities are currently searching for Lee Wayne Kennedy, 43, in connection to the shooting.

Police say Kennedy should be considered armed and dangerous.

He was last seen driving a white 1996 GMC Sierra extended cab truck with Illinois registration 2363510B.

Kennedy is possibly headed back to the Southern Illinois area.

The victim currently has a valid order of protection against Kennedy and this has been an ongoing domestic violence situation.

Anyone with information on Kennedy’s location should contact police or Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

Christian County Crime Stoppers

(800) 568 - TIPS

(217) 824 - 9100

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