The suspect in the killings has been identified as 43-year-old Rick Smith of rural Morgan County.
Illinois State Police believe he was acquainted with the victims, but did not provide details of the relationships. The victims were related and included two women, one man, and two young boys. They were all shot at close range. Two were found in a bedroom, another pair in a second bedroom, an adult male in a hallway.
A six-year-old girl was wounded and in critical condition at a Springfield hospital. Police say Smith took her out of the home and handed her to a neighbor.
Smith had a previous criminal record that included reckless homicide, drugs, and bad checks.
Autopsies for the victims are scheduled for Thursday morning.
Police say the suspect in the slayings is dead. State Police Lt. Col. Todd Kilby said the man was hurt in an exchange of gunfire between him and police during a car chase that took place around 7:15 a.m. He was taken into custody just before 7:30 a.m. and later pronounced dead at a hospital.
The suspect was not identified by name, but Kilby said he had multiple weapons. No officers were injured.
Five people were found dead around 4:30 a.m. on East Street. A six-year-old girl was also wounded and taken to a Springfield hospital.
Kilby would not discuss any possible motives or relationships between the victims and the suspect.
MANCHESTER (WREX) — Five people were found dead early Wednesday morning in the southwestern community of Manchester, Illinois.
Police say they have one suspect in custody, but no details were given on the deaths or circumstances of the suspect's apprehension.
A local school superintendent said he was informed the victims were shot to death. Classes were canceled because police told Les Stevens of the North Greene School District the suspect was still at large, but he was later informed that man was taken into custody.
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