Psychiatrist testifies in trial of man accused of shooting 5 people in Montco Walmart

Jim Melwert
October 18, 2019 - 3:09 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) — The head psychiatrist from the Montgomery County jail testified Friday in the trial of the Philadelphia man accused of shooting five people in the Cheltenham Walmart last summer.

Dr. Hani Zaki testified when he met with Keenan Jones two days in the county jail after Jones was arrested for shooting five people at the Walmart on Easton Road, Jones was paranoid, looking over his shoulder as though he was concerned for his safety.

Zaki diagnosed Jones as suffering from PTSD and psychosis, saying Jones was disassociated with the shooting that injured five people in August 2018.

In one report, Jones is quoted saying he panicked when he saw a look in that Walmart, saying that’s the look someone gives you before they shoot you.

All five who were shot survived, but after the shooting, prosecutors say Jones slammed his car into the back of a police cruiser in Philadelphia and injured two officers as they tried to take him into custody.

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Jones’ attorney told the jury before the trial to keep an open mind as she would be asking them to find him not guilty by reason of insanity.

But prosecutors say it was a "cold blooded attempt to kill." 

Jurors heard from the people who were shot at the Walmart, including a man who says he was just waiting to check out when he simply made eye contact with Jones. Jones pulled a gun from his sister’s waistband and shot that man in the leg, then kept shooting as he ran for the door.

The case is expected to go into next week.