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1/5/2014 5:40:00 PM
Police release name of Spring Valley shooting victim

Craig Sterrett
News Editor

A 20-year-old Spring Valley man faces felony charges after a 23-year-old rural Spring Valley man was found dead in the lower level of the suspect’s residence after being shot in the leg sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and bleeding out.

An autopsy will be scheduled for Kyle W. Zinser, 23, of 12672 East 2065 th St., Spring Valley, according to Spring Valley police. Angel E. Moreno, 20, of 127 W. Minnesota St., Spring Valley is scheduled to appear in court today on an involuntary manslaughter charge, a Class 3 felony punishable by 2-5 years in prison, police said.

Police chief Kevin Sangston said neither the officers nor Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services or Bureau County coroner’s officer were certain of the exact time when the shooting occurred.

“We believe the actual shooting took place several hours prior to us being notified,” Sangston said Saturday night.

Spring Valley police had been called at 2:11 a.m. Saturday to 127 W. Minnesota St. about a disturbance involving Moreno, who is a resident of the lower level of the house; Zinser, who had stayed there at times; and another 20-year old. One of the men who had been involved in the argument left, and Moreno and Zinser stayed there after police departed. Sangston said it’s Moreno’s grandfather’s house. The shooting took place sometime between the time when police left and when the afternoon distress call came in.

“We got a 911 call at 2:34 p.m. Saturday about a man shot in the leg and not breathing,” Sangston said. “Officers arrived to find a deceased 23-year-old male.”

“The shooting occurred in the basement of the home,” a press release late Saturday night from Spring Valley Police Department read. “Police recovered a shotgun, believed to have been used in the shooting, at a different residence where Moreno had allegedly hidden it,”

Moreno was taken to the police station for questioning and then transferred to Bureau County Jail. At one point, Sangston said Moreno might be charged with reckless homicide, but later Saturday he said the charge will be involuntary manslaughter.

Saturday night, Sangston said it appeared Zinser either moved or was moved to a bed after the shooting. Sangston said at least initially no one reported hearing a gunshot. Moreno made the 2:34 p.m. 911 call, police said.

Circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation by Spring Valley and state police and the Bureau County Coroner’s Office.

Craig Sterrett can be reached at (815) 220-6935 or

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