Montco Walmart shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Jim Melwert
October 15, 2019 - 1:10 pm
Keenan Jones, accused of shooting up a Cheltenham Walmart in August 2018 is shown in court.

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Jury selection is underway for a Philadelphia man accused of shooting up a Cheltenham Walmart last summer. 

Based on pretrial arguments, 31-year-old Keenan Jones is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.

He is charged with more than a dozen counts of aggravated assault, attempted murder and reckless endangerment, accused of grabbing a gun around 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2018, from his sister while waiting in line at the Walmart on Easton Road in Wyncote.

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According to the criminal complaint, the entire incident is caught on video, and that video shows Jones shoot a man in line at very close range and then run for the exit, firing indiscriminately as elderly people and parents with children run from the gunfire.

Five people were shot; all survived. Others were hurt trying to run from the gunfire. A pregnant woman needed medical attention after she was knocked down. 

Two police officers were hurt trying to take Jones into custody, one of them with a broken wrist.

After he was arrested, Jones told a judge he didn’t remember anything, that he’d been stressed out, and he apologized to anyone who was hurt, including police.

According to pretrial arguments, Jones has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since he watched his father get killed in a neighborhood dispute in 2014.