Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Young boys among five shot dead in Illinois massacre

Five people have been shot dead in a small town in Illinois
Five people have been shot dead in a small town in Illinois

Five people have been found shot dead in a small town in Illinois, police have said.

The victims were two women, a man and two young boys.

A sixth person, a six-year-old girl, was taken to hospital.

State Police Lieutenant Colonel Todd Kilby said the gunman took the girl out of the residence in Manchester and handed her to a neighbour. Manchester Mayor Ronald Drake said the suspect was his nephew. The suspect died later after a car chase and gunfire exchange with police.

He was identified as Rick Smith (43) of rural Morgan County.

Police said he entered the home through a back door.

They said two victims were found in one bedroom, two in another bedroom and an adult male in a hallway.

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