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Update: Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson identified Tuesday’s homicide victim as Jon Keener, 52, of Cordova. An autopsy was held Wednesday morning in Dixon, Illinois, and preliminary results indicate that died from gunshot wound to the head.

Earlier report: Five people were being questioned by East Moline police Tuesday night in connection with a morning shooting that left one man dead. 

East Moline Police Chief John Reynolds said that officers were called to the area of 15th Avenue and 3rd Street at 11:21 a.m. for a call of shots fired. 

Officers found one victim who had been shot in the head, he said. 

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said the man, 52, of Cordova, Illinois, was pronounced dead at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis. 

The man's name was not being released Tuesday night pending  notification of family, Gustafson added. 

After the shooting, Reynolds said, witnesses informed officers about a suspect running from the scene. 

Using a police dog and witness statements, officers tracked a suspect to a house at 1509 Kennedy Drive, he said. 

Crisis Containment Units from East Moline, Moline and Rock Island County surrounded the home. Silvis police also assisted at the crime scenes. 

Officers secured both crime scene locations with yellow crime-scene tape, then redirected traffic in the residential neighborhood near Word Church, 356 16th Ave. Traffic continued along the major thoroughfares.

Students who live in the area were kept after school dismissal at Hillcrest Elementary School, 451 22nd Ave. "We did take safety precautions in keeping them here," said Cristina Magadan, school secretary, late Tuesday afternoon. 

Students who live in the area of the shooting were kept at the school until someone could pick them up, she said.

With cellphones in hand, residents and other people curious about what was happening lined 16th Avenue to watch the police in action. 

Reynolds said that the Kennedy Drive home was surrounded about noon, and that three males eventually left the house and turned themselves over to police. 

"We determined that there were two subjects still in the house," Reynolds said. "Several hours later a female came out, and then a little while ago a male came out." he said at about 5:30 p.m.  

Reynolds said there is no danger to the public, although officers were still trying to determine if they had the shooter in custody.  

Officers were going to search the house once a judge signed a search warrant allowing them to legally do so. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the East Moline Police Department at 309-797-0402 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities at 309-762-9500.


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