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One Eureka shooting victim has children with suspect

October 04, 2013|By Robert Marin | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(EUREKA, Kan.) — The hunt continues for 35-year-old Kevin Welsh.  He's been on the run since late Wednesday when police say he shot three people in the Greenwood County town of Eureka. 

Two of the victims died.  Friends tell us they were 54-year-old Keith Kriesel and 52-year-old Sheila Kriesel.  The two were married and were the mother and step father of 26-year-old Catherine Scheff. 

Scheff remains in the hospital.  According to the Eureka Herald, Scheff is in stable condition.   The newspaper reports she was shot several times and also suffered injuries from a car crash.

Friends tell us Scheff and Welsh have children together.

Eyewitness News has also learned that Welsh was out of jail on bond when the shooting happened.  He was  awaiting trial on kidnapping and assault charges.

The shooting happened Wednesday night in the 1500 block of 130th near Eureka. The Greenwood County Sheriff's Department says deputies were dispatched to a possible burglary call around 7:24 Wednesday evening. While they were on the way, investigators say a victim called 911 to say shots were fired and multiple people were hurt.

When deputies arrived, they found the Kriesel's dead of apparent gunshot wounds. Deputies found also found Scheff shot and she was flown to a Wichita hospital in critical condition.

Investigators believed Welsh took off in a Ford Explorer.  Investigators found the vehicle abandoned Thursday morning.  They continue to search the area for him. 


Thursday afternoon investigators served a search warrant at a home where Welsh lived in Toronto.  He wasn't in the home and it's unclear if investigators found anything to help with the investigation.

Welsh is considered armed and very dangerous.  If you have information on his whereabouts, you're asked to call the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office at 620-583-5568 or 911.

Multiple agencies are assisting with the investigation, including the Woodson County Sheriff's Office, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Wilson County Sheriff's Office, Elk County Sheriff's Office, Butler County Sheriff's Office, Burlington Police, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the KBI.


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