GARDENDALE, Ala. — Kenneth Dion Lever is suspected to have shot and killed three people inside a Gardendale home this morning, and police are now on the hunt to find him before more people are hurt.
“If you see this individual do not approach and call 9-1-1. He is considered armed and dangerous,” Gardendale Police said.
Police reports describe Lever as 5-foot-10 and 220 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. He is 52 years old, armed with a pistol, and was last seen wearing a camo t-shirt and blue jeans.
The shootings took place in Gardendale’s Peachtree Crossings community before 8 a.m. this morning. Sometime after 10 a.m., authorities said Lever fled into nearby woods.
Gardendale P.D. stated that specific motive is unknown at this time. However, they do believe this is a domestic-related incident. According to the department, a protection from abuse order was issued against Lever in Jefferson County just last year.
Lever is a resident of Santa Rosa County, Florida, and authorities believe he is returning there in either a 1986 black Chevrolet Camaro or a white Honda Accord. A car he allegedly stole at the scene of the crime — a Lincoln Navigator — has been found by police.
In addition to being a suspect in this case, Lever has a history of criminal charges in the northeast. In Pennsylvania, he was charged in two separate sexual assault cases in 2015, for which he was jailed and released on bail. He will stand trial on September 11.
Gardendale Police Chief Mike Walker has a very simple message for Lever: “Turn yourself in. Because we’re going to find you.”
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.