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5 dead in Manchester, Illinois shooting

1:43 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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VILLAGE OF MANCHESTER, Ill. -- Five people are dead and one injured in a shooting Wednesday morning in the Village of Manchester, Illinois, according to Mayor Ronald Drake. The suspected shooter died later that morning following a shootout with authorities.

The Scott County Sheriff's Department said a child was taken to a Springfield, Illinois hospital for treatment.

The pastor of Manchester Baptist Church told KSDK that the murders happened inside a public housing complex on East Street around 4:30 a.m.

The Illinois State Police is leading the investigation.

According to investigators, the suspect was located shortly before 7:15 a.m. in a vehicle. The suspect exchanged gunfire with Illinois State Police and Winchester police at approximately 7:27 a.m. before being taken into custody.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Multiple schools were placed on lockdown. The Jacksonville School District 117 secretary to Superintendent Steve Ptacek said the school was closed in response to a recent shootout with the suspect on Woodson Winchester Road. North Greene Unit School District #3 was closed, and WLDS Radio reported Winchester schools had closed.

According to the Illinois State Police, there is no additional danger to the village.

Investigators have not identified the victims or suspect, nor have they disclosed a possible motive.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the victims were a grandmother, a young couple and their two small children.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the Illinois State Police at 217-786-6677.

Manchester is located about 85 miles north of St. Louis.


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