5 dead in small US town, suspect killed by police

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Lt. Col. Todd Kilby of the Illinois State Police reads a statement to media after 5 people were killed at a housing complex in Manchester, Ill., on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The suspect died after a shootout with police. (AP/St. Louis Post-Dispatch,Erik M. Lunsford) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

CHICAGO—Five people were found dead in their home in a small US town Wednesday, and the suspected gunman was later killed by police in a shootout after a brief pursuit, the Illinois state police said.

A six-year-old girl discovered among the carnage is being treated at an area hospital, Lieutenant Colonel Todd Kilby told reporters. Police would not confirm reports that the victims were all killed by gunfire.

“There’s no reason to believe there’s any danger to the public or any other suspects,” Kilby said.

“At this point we are not discussing motives or relationships.”

The bodies were discovered at about 4:30 a.m. in the tiny town of Manchester. Witnesses saw a white car speeding away and police tracked it down around 7:15 a.m.

“Shots were exchanged and the police took the suspect into custody while he was in possession of multiple weapons at 7:27 a.m.,” Kilby said.

“The suspect was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

The slain family members were identified by relatives as Joanne Sinclair, 65; her granddaughter Brittany Luark, 22; her boyfriend Roy Ralston; Nolan Ralston, 5; and Bradley Ralston, 1, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The shooter was identified by neighbors and relatives as Rick Smith, 43, who had been going through a bitter custody battle with Sinclair’s daughter, the newspaper reported.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

    It really has me beat why americans think they have such a great country and everyone wants to live there! This crap never stops.

  • Fulpol

    US, the most dangerous nation in the world, next to Iraq…

    • kayanatwo

      24apr2013

      nobody asked me, but….in what category do we put our country’s records in “holidap:” aka kidnap for ransom or killing perpetrated by our own law enforcement personnel?

      is it safe to say that in our country, her citizens’ lives are much safer than iraq???????

  • Mux

    Oh Americans, lovers of their 2nd Amendment of their right to keep and bear arms. This is what it has gotten you. When are they going to wake up and realize that this “right” does more harm than good?

  • Jay Alvin Madrigal

    wow, US. what is happening to you?

  • WeAry_Bat

    I would think the American police are learning from our Manila and Davao cops, on cost-cutting measures.

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