MADISON COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) – The Major Case Squad has been activated to find the suspect involved in a shooting that left a 43-year-old Venice, Illinois man dead and led to a pursuit through multiple municipalities.
Police received several 911 calls reporting the incident at about 1:50 p.m. When they arrived on the scene, they found the victim laying in the intersection of 3rd and Washington Avenue.
"It was at a time of afternoon where small children are being delivered back home on the school bus, that's just not normal around here," said Ada Walker, who grew up with Kenneth Deal, who has been identified as the victim.
Deal was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Witnesses identified a suspect vehicle, and police started a pursuit after it refused to pull over for a traffic stop. Police say the suspect fired numerous shots at Madison County and Brooklyn, Illinois squad cars, but no officers were injured and none of the vehicles were hit.
Police lost track of the suspect vehicle in the city of St. Louis, according to a news release.
The victim is remembered as a generous man and loving father.
"Every death that has been around here has been senseless, this ain't the first and it's just senseless, and everybody every two months somebody is burying somebody," said Constance Overton, who has a 17 year old son with Deal.
She says he was a generous man, volunteering at his church and delivering meals to senior citizens.
"He would do anything for anybody, if you stopped and talked to him or had a problem he would talk to you," she said.
"I hope they just get this person, and it just stop, cause it's just senseless, a mom gotta bury her son, his kids lost their daddy, his cousins lost a cousin, his nieces and nephews lost an uncle, it's just senseless," Overton said.
Police say no additional information will be released until further notice.