MANCHESTER, Ill. — A man shot and killed five people, including two boys, before leading police on a chase that ended in an exchange of gunfire that left him dead, authorities said Wednesday.
Illinois State Police said they believe Rick O. Smith, 43, entered the Manchester home and shot the victims at close range, leaving two women, one man, and the boys dead. Two people were found in a bedroom, two in a second bedroom, and the man in the hallway. A sixth victim, a 6-year-old girl, was injured and taken to a Springfield hospital.
Officials have not revealed a motive for the killings. Police said the victims are related and they believe Smith and the victims were acquainted but they didn’t provide details of the relationships.
A bystander called police and told them that Smith fled the home. A car chase ensued, leading authorities to the nearby town of Winchester, where Smith and officers exchanged gunfire. Officers shot Smith and he later died at a hospital.
Smith had previous convictions for reckless homicide, drugs, and bad checks.