A lone gunman is on the loose after killing three people during a domestic dispute at a mobile park home in Alabama authorities say.
Police in Gardendale identified Kenneth Dion Lever, 52, as the suspected gunman in the incident, and they’ve started a manhunt to locate him. They told who see him not to approach him and call 9-1-1 immediately, as he’s considered armed and dangerous.
Hours after the incident started, police posted to social media saying they were looking for vehicles believed to be owned by Lever.
Lever is listed as online as being from Milton, Florida and is a suspect in two sexual assaults in Pennsylvania in addition to many more arrests. In December 2016, his ex-wife filed a protective order against him after she accused him of abusing her 11-year-old daughter.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Authorities Said Lever Entered a Mobile Home & Shot 2 Females & a Male
According to AL.com, authorities within Jefferson County responded to a mobile home park in Gardendale when the shooting was reported. They said that two adult females and one adult male were shot and killed by the suspect, believed to be Lever.
The fatal shooting happened in the block of 4100 Willow Bend Drive within the Peachtree Crossings mobile home community. The incident started sometime around 7 a.m. EDT and police are saying they believe the shooting to be domestic-related.
Once the shooting occurred, police told those nearby to shelter in place. That order was lifted a couple hours later because they believed that Lever had left the area.
Lever is believed to be armed with at least one handgun and witnesses said that he fled into the woods after the incident. Police scanner traffic indicated that Lever was last seen at the mobile home park wearing a camouflage T-shirt and blue jeans. He’s described as being about 5-foot-10, 220 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair.
2. Lever Is Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Neighbor Beginning When She Was 5-Years Old
According to court records in Lower Windsor Township, Pennsylvania, Lever was charged in two separate sexual assault cases September 9 and October 13, 2015. He was charged with involuntary deviant sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent sexual assault of a child, indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, corruption of minors and dissemination of explicit sexual material of a minor the first time after he allegedly assaulted a neighbor child.
In the first accusations, a 5-year-old female victim told police at the time, in June 2005, that Lever, who was her neighbor, had molested her, documents obtained by the York Dispatch said.
See a list of charges that Lever faces for that incident in the document below:
According to the York Dispatch report, the girl told police that she was molested in the basement of Lever’s home in Lower Windsor and also in the upstairs. Those sexual assaults allegedly continued up until August 2010 when he moved to Florida.
Police said that during the alleged assault, Lever made the girl watch pornographic films and forced her to perform the acts they watched in the movies. Lever was held on $100,000 bail in the first case and posted it, being released from York County Prison afterward.
3. Days After the 1st Alleged Incident, He Was Charged in Another Sexual Assault of a Minor Case
Just days after posting bail and being released from jail for the first accusations, Lever was back in a jail after he was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, indecent assault of a person younger than 13, and disseminating explicit sexual material to a minor.
The charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child was eventually dismissed.
In that case, a 6-year-old victim at the time accused Lever of sexually assaulting her beginning in June 2005, the York Dispatch reported. The victim told police that the assaults happened in the basement of a home and also inside of a pool in West Manchester Township.
Similar to the first instance, the victim told police that Lever forced her to watch porn and re-enact the acts. According to court documents, those alleged assaults took place over a five-year span.
Once again, Lever’s bail was set at $100,000 and he sat in a York County Prison for just one day before posting bail.
Lever was set to be due in court for both cases in September.
4. Lever’s Ex-Wife Sought a Protective Order Against Him in 2016
According to other court documents, Lever’s ex-wife Dana Lever sought a protective order against him in December 2016. She claimed that he was stalking and harassing her and her 11-year-old daughter.
AL.com reported that Dana claimed her ex-husband was abusing her daughter during unsupervised visits. The girl had been seeing a therapist who reached out and informed the mother of some concerns.
“My daughter has a very different disposition when she returns home,” Dana wrote, according to the documents. “She is very clingy to me and will not let me leave her. She wants to sleep in my bed and she wants to sleep with the lights on.”
5. Lever’s Facebook Says he Studied at the University of Alabama
According to his Facebook page, Lever is originally from Oscoda, Michigan and lived in Pensacola, Florida. The page says that he studied math at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, so he has a connection to the area.
In addition to that, his profile says that he studied at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama.
Lever was part of the school’s Class of 1987, and there was a 30-year anniversary for the class planned later this year.
As far as employment goes, his Facebook says he is a former employee at Hewlett-Packard and a consultant at HDS in Pace, Florida beginning in 2007.