Gunman on the run after shooting in Kenney

Kenney, Illinois active shooter
Kenney, Illinois active shooter(WAND-TV)
Published: Sep. 3, 2023 at 7:33 PM CDT
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KENNEY, Ill (25News Now) - Police are searching for a gunman who they say shot and killed one person and wounded another in a shooting in Kenney on Sunday afternoon.

The DeWitt County Sheriff says the suspect has been identified as Jose De Jesus Gomez Munoz. He is described as a Hispanic man, about 5′6′' and 165 pounds. He was last seen driving a white 2019 Honda Accord with an Illinois license plate that reads DT50632.

The sheriff says the shooting happened south of Kenney around 3:23 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Deputies found one victim in his vehicle on Illinois Route 54 and Jordan Street. The victim had multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to John Warner Hospital in Clinton and was later taken to Carle Hospital in Champaign where he remains in stable condition.

The sheriff says four other victims remained at the scene and were hiding from the suspect. While speaking with them, deputies confirmed a fifth person was fatally wounded. Deputies got the other victims to safety and they were taken to the sheriff’s office to be interviewed about the incident.

Authorities believe Munoz could be heading to Mexico, as he has ties there. He is wanted for murder and other felony charges in relation to this shooting.


The DeWitt County Illinois Sheriff’s Office is asking people to avoid the entirety of Kenney, Illinois and surrounding areas as they help other law enforcement investigate an active shooter incident that happened at around 3:23 p.m.

The sheriff’s office says on Facebook that the lone male suspect is still at large and believed to still be in the area - and is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Everyone within a two-mile radius of Kenney is being asked to shelter-in-place or safely evacuate.

NBC affiliate WAND-TV says Route 54 and County Road 7 is currently closed.

The incident happened just south of Kenney on Kenny Road.

Kenney is about 35 minutes south of Bloomington-Normal.