Domestic shooting kills 3, sparks manhunt in Alabama

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GARDENDALE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities searched for a Florida man described as armed and dangerous Wednesday after a shooting that left three people dead in a domestic dispute at an Alabama mobile home community near Birmingham.

Gardendale police released a photo of a potential suspect and told residents to stay inside during the manhunt.

Police Chief Mike Walker said all the victims were adults with a family relationship to suspect Kenneth Dion Lever, 52, of Santa Rosa County near Pensacola, Florida.

Others outside the family aren’t believed to be in danger, Walker told reporters, but he warned against approaching Lever.

Neighbors described hearing multiple gunshots. Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said investigators were still at the scene and no identities were available.

Mayor Stan Hogeland said he had talked with relatives of some of the victims and described them as “distraught.”

“We’re doing everything we can to try to find this guy,” Hogeland told reporters.

The search for Lever initially focused in woods near the Peachtree Crossings mobile home community, where the shootings occurred, but Walker later said police believed he had left the area.

Lever was believed to be driving a red Nissan Sentra rental car with a Georgia license plate, police said, and he could be headed to the Florida Panhandle.

Court records show a judge issued an order in December telling Lever to stay away from ex-wife Dana Lever and their daughter, a juvenile. Dana Lever sought the protective order claiming the man was stalking and harassing them, records show.

Separately, court records in York County, Pennsylvania, show Lever is scheduled to go on trial there on sexual abuse charges on Sept. 11.

Lever was arrested in 2015 on charges that he sexually molested a young girl for more than five years ending in August 2010, sometimes forcing a young boy participate in the assaults, records show. Lever is free on bond awaiting a court date.

A hearing in the Alabama case is scheduled for July 26, a court docket showed.

Walker declined comment on court cases involving Lever.