The condition of a 26-year-old Eureka woman wounded in a Greenwood County shooting that killed her mother and stepfather has been upgraded to serious, a Wesley Medical Center spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Law enforcement officials are still searching for Kevin Robert Welsh, 35. He is a suspect in the Oct. 2 fatal shooting of Keith Kriesel, 54, and his 52-year-old wife, Sheila, and the shooting of the 26-year-old woman, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office said.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday authorized a $5,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of Welsh, his office said. Anyone with information is asked to call 800-572-7463 or 911.
Welsh is armed and thought to be in Greenwood County, the attorney general’s office said.
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Greenwood County sheriff’s deputies were en route to the Kriesels’ home southeast of Eureka on a report of a possible burglary when a victim called 911 saying that shots had been fired.
The deputies found that the husband and wife had been shot, and they were pronounced dead at the scene.
The 26-year-old woman was later shot multiple times and crashed a vehicle. She was in critical condition at the time she was taken to Wesley.
Greenwood County court records show that Welsh was facing a preliminary hearing later this month on three counts of kidnapping, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a criminal threat, stemming from an Aug. 23 incident. He had posted bond on Sept. 3.