BREAKING: Kenneth Dion Lever took his own life outside of a Navy Federal Campus in Pensacola, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office tells CBS 42.
We’re told Lever shot himself outside the credit union in Pensacola after being spotted and cornered by police. Lever was wanted in the triple homicide that happened Wednesday morning in Gardendale, AL.
Gardendale police identified the victims as Dana Reeves Lever, 50, of Gardendale, Bonnie Reeves Foshee, 65 and Don Austin Foshee, 69 both of Fultondale.
Gardendale Police Chief Mike Walker told CBS 42 details on what happened this morning:
“”Our understanding of the situation was that the young lady was going with her aunt and uncle to a graduation ceremony for her brother. And that there was a custodial change taking place and he was lying in ambush for them when this took place. As they were engaged in what looks like packing the van to leave and go to celebrate this graduation, her father appears with a weapon and begins shooting them one at a time.”
Walker says Lever was lying in wait to ambush the victims. Police don’t think Lever’s 11-year-old daughter was ever targeted; she did witness the shootings but was able to get to safety.
According to Walker, Lever was spotted in the red Nissan Sentra, a rental vehicle, by a deputy in Florida.
“They spotted the vehicle, one of the Sheriff’s officers spotted the suspect and was turning around and the suspect Kenneth Lever pulled over got out of his vehicle and shot himself….we have recovered a weapon that we believe is going to be our murder weapon.”
Walker says Lever planned the attack and rented a car in Florida.
“There’s no doubt at all that this was premeditated. I mean planned out and carried out in a very cold, methodical manner,” Walker explained.
CBS 42’s Jack Royer is in Pensacola, Florida. When we learned the suspect was from Pace, Florida, we sent Royer in case something happened there and he was able to reach the scene of the suicide not long after it happened. He’ll have a live update from Pensacola on the CBS 42 News at 10, and this story on wiat.com will be updated throughout the evening as our team works to learn more details.
GARDENDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — Gardendale Police, along with other law enforcement agencies, are on the hunt for a man suspected of shooting and killing three people in Gardendale.
According to Chief Mike Walker, police were called out to a residence in Peachtree Crossing Trailer Park around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. Upon arrival, police found three dead victims. Officials have confirmed that 2 women and 1 man have died in the shooting incident.
Authorities believe the suspect, 51-year-old Kenneth Dion Lever, fled the scene in one of the victim’s cars. They believe he later switched to his own car, a 1986 Chevrolet Camaro. Police are also searching for a white Honda Accord with a Florida tag # Y92FVJ as a possible vehicle.
Police believe the shooting incident was an isolated domestic situation. According to Chief Walker, Gardendale residents are in no threat of danger.
Lever has an arrest record and was previously arrested in York, Pennsylvania. He has been charged with aggravated indecent assault of a child, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, indecent assault, corruption of minors, and obscenity, according to Pennsylvania’s Chief Administrator with the District Attorney’s Office.
As of 11:42 a.m., Chief Walker said officials have no reason to believe Lever is still in Gardendale. They believe he could be anywhere in the state, and may possibly be heading to his hometown of Pace, Florida.
Lever is still at large and is believed to be armed and dangerous. If you see him, police say not to approach him. He’s described as a white male, 5’10”, 220lbs, with blues eyes and brown hair.
WIAT will continue to bring you updates as more information becomes available.