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.


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.