Suspect dies after shooting that killed five
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:22:56 GMT —
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The mood is somber in the small villiage of Manchester, Ill., Wednesday morning after the Illinois State Police confirmed five people are dead and a 6-year-old female was injured in an early morning shooting.
The shooter was taken into custody at 7:27 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Lieutenant Todd Kilbey with the Illinois State Police. He was in critical condition when taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Kilbey also confirmed multiple weapons were found when the suspect was taken into custody.
Search warrants have been filed in the Scott County Clerk of Court for the home and property of Rick Smith in connection with Wednesday morning's events. The contents of those warrants aren't currently part of the public record. Smith has not been confirmed as a suspect at this time.
The suspect was on the run for about two hours and was caught after a high-speed pursuit and exchange of gunfire, according to WLDS Radio out of Jacksonville. The chase followed the Winchester-Woodson blacktop road. More information is expected to be released at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The Illinois State Police held a press conference at 11 a.m. at the Shelter House near Manchester City Hall, at Fourth and Main streets. In attendance was the Scott County Sheriffâ??s Department, Green County Sheriffâ??s Department, Roodhouse Police Department and Illinois State Police.
At the time of the press conference, one resident shouted from the church steps across the street for reporters to leave. There were about 20 residents in attendance at the press conference.
If you have any information regarding the Manchester shootings, the Illinois State Police have requested that you call 217-786-6677.
Police are still at the scene of the shooting while they conduct their investigation and residents are out watching and waiting to see what is going on.
Trooper Kindhart spoke to media during the 9 o'clock hour. You can listen to his statements through WICS in Springfield here.
Chicago Tribune reporter Carlos Sadovi said initial reports were that the victims were shot to death, but Bond said officials were still trying to determine how they were killed.
KTVI in St. Louis reports that the location of the shooting is a one-story apartment building that has several units in it and the unit is now cordoned off and secured by police.
Manchester resident Barry Wright lives in the housing complex on the East Street neighborhood where the shooting occurred.
"I was told to go back to my apartment,â?? Wright said. â??I saw the state police there at 4:30 a.m. We're in a state of shock here this morning."
Four Rivers Special Education District, Westfair Christian Academy, Jacksonville District 117, North Greene and Winchester Schools remain closed for the day.
Jacksonville School District 117 sent out a message Wednesday morning.
"Due to the shooting last night in Manchester, Illinois, Jacksonville School District 117 has cancelled classes for today, April 24. In the best interest of our students and our staff, District 117 has cancelled school for today."
According to KSDK in St. Louis, the Jacksonville School District 117 secretary to Superintendent Steve Ptacek said the school is closed in response to a recent shootout with a suspect on Woodson Winchester Road. North Greene Unit School District #3 is closed and WLDS Radio reports Winchester schools are closed.
Manchester is a small town of less than 300 people, about 85 miles east of Quincy and 18 miles south of Jacksonville.
We'll continue to update this story as more details come in. This report comes from our sister station, KHQA.