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KOKOMO, Ind. – Kokomo police are searching for a gunman who killed one man and shot another man in the face.

The shootings happened just before 3:45 a.m. in the 400 block of W. Monroe St.

When they arrived, they found a man, later identified as 50-year-old Keith Jewell, of Kokomo, dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound.

A witness told police a possible suspect was observed fleeing on foot in a dark sweatshirt, westbound on Monroe St.

Around 15 minutes later, police were dispatched to the 1100 block of N. Lindsay on the report of a person suffering from a gunshot wound.

Upon arrival, officers located a man, later identified as 55-year-old Jon Whitehead, of Kokomo, suffering from a gunshot wound to the face. He is reportedly in stable condition after being flown to St. Vincent.

Whitehead told police he was sitting in a white 2002 Buick LeSabre after dropping someone off when an unknown black male opened his car door. The man was armed with a handgun, and he ordered Whitehead to exit the car and get on the ground. As Whitehead exited the car, the man shot Whitehead in the face. He ran to a nearby residence for help as the shooter stole the Buick and fled the scene.

The gunman is described as having a light complexion, standing around 5’8” tall, and weighing around 170 pounds. He was wearing a dark sweatshirt  and a possible sock hat.

Police recovered the stolen car around 6:45 p.m. on Sunday in the area of East Taylor and Longview Streets. It was empty when police found it.

Kokomo Police Department detectives were called in to assist with both of these cases. Interviews and scene investigation are ongoing. Police say it is unknown if these two shootings are related.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Sergeant Richard Benzinger at (765)456-7324 or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at (765) 456-7017. You may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS with your anonymous tip.

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