BELOIT (WKOW) -- Authorities say a Janesville woman is dead and a suspect is still at large, a day after a shooting inside a moving vehicle on I-90.
Beloit police say a third person was in the car too-- a Beloit man who was driving the SUV. Police say he was taken hostage after Kody Walsh, 22, of Rockford, IL, shot Lori Daniels, 36, who was sitting in the front seat.
The unnamed Beloit man told police he and Walsh drove down to a Rockford bar, where they met up with Daniels on Saturday night. Authorities are working to determine the relationship between Daniels and Walsh, but say they were acquaintances.
Daniels asked for a ride back to Beloit, and the three left early Sunday morning. The driver told police they were just listening to music and driving along I-90 near Rockford when Walsh shot Daniels in the head from the backseat, killing her.
The man told police Walsh forced him to drive back to his home on Vine Street in Beloit. There, Walsh ordered the driver out of the SUV and shot at him, missing. Then, Walsh got in the man's SUV and drove away with Daniels' body inside.
Beloit Police Captain Vince Sciame says the department received calls from neighbors on Vine Street, who saw the victim acting strangely outside his house. The man was visibly shaken when officers arrived.
"It was the neighbors calling saying something was going on, and it took us several minutes to calm him down so that we could get the account of what happened," says Sciame.
A short time later, a South Beloit police officer spotted the green SUV Walsh was driving, and a multi-city, high-speed chase began. It ended back in a Rockford neighborhood, when Walsh crashed into a fence. Walsh then took off on foot, shooting at officers along the way.
Walsh hasn't been seen since. Sciame says the department is prepared in case he turns up in Beloit.
"Obviously, we have no idea [where he is]. All of our officers are alert to the possibility that he may be here in Beloit, or return to Beloit," says Sciame.
Illinois State Police are leading the homicide investigation. Lt. Kurt Cavanaugh tells 27 News there is a warrant out for Walsh's arrest-- for first degree murder. He's also wanted on an unrelated domestic battery warrant.
They ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact your local police department or Rockford Area Crimestoppers (815) 963-7867.
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