Man who shot 5 people at Cheltenham Walmart guilty of all charges

By KYW Newsradio 1060
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A 31-year-old Philadelphia man who shot five people inside a crowded Walmart in Cheltenham last summer has been found guilty of all charges. 

The lawyer for Keenan Jones tried to argue her client should be found not guilty by reason of insanity, saying he had a "psychotic break" leading up to the shooting at the store on Easton Road. The defense contended that he was suffering from PTSD, which he developed after seeing his father murdered, seeing friends get killed, and even getting shot himself. And, she argued, after his girlfriend was told she needed an emergency C-section, he snapped.

But the Montgomery County jury didn't buy it. It took them about an hour to reach a verdict, finding Jones guilty of all charges, including attempted murder and multiple counts of aggravated assault.

Prosecutor Tonya Lupinacci says the evidence showed Jones knew exactly what he was doing when he opened fire and wounded five people — "as we proved by his flight and his attempt to ditch the gun on the road after the incident," Lupinacci said.

Lupinacci credits the people who were shot for having the courage to testify in court.

"Coming into court and facing this man again, they didn’t want sympathy. They wanted justice. And that's exactly what they got with this jury's verdict," she said.

Jones shot a man who was waiting in line at the Walmart, saying the look he was giving him was one someone gives before they shoot you. He fired six more shots as he ran for the exit. During closing arguments, his lawyer pointed to video of the shooting, telling jurors, "Look at his face. He's terrified."

But prosecutors called that defense "concocted" and argued Jones knew exactly what he was doing, and he knew it was wrong.