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Five People Dead After Shootings in Manchester, Illinois [Updated]

[Updated  4-25-13]  MANCHESTER SURVIVOR CONDITION UPGRADED. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The lone survivor of a mass shooting in Manchester is now reported to be in fair condition at a Springfield hospital. A school official says she’s the six-year-old sister of two young boys who were killed along with their parents and great-grandmother. A suspect in the killings was killed in a shootout with police.

[Updated 4-25, 1:30 p.m.]  MANCHESTER VICTIMS IDENTIFIED:

MANCHESTER, Ill. (AP) – Illinois State Police have identified five people shot to death yesterday at a home in Manchester. They include two young brothers — Brantley and Nolan Ralston — their parents James Ralston and Brittney Luark and Luark’s grandmother Jo Ann Sinclair. The boys were just one and five years old. Their mother was also pregnant. Police killed the suspect, 43 year-old Rick Smith, during a gunfight.

[Updated 3:30 p.m.] Illinois State Police say the suspect in the slayings of five people at a home in a west-central Illinois is dead. Police say the suspect was injured in an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement personnel during a car chase. He was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. They say the unidentified suspect was in possession of multiple weapons.

[Updated 12:02] Illinois State Police say they’re investigating the deaths of five people whose bodies were found this morning in a house in the tiny Scott County community of Manchester. A man suspected in the slayings died after a police chase.

[Updated 11:20 a.m.] The mayor of Manchester, Ill., says the suspect in the deaths of five people has been hospitalized after being injured during a pursuit by police. The bodies of the five were found early today in a house. And two school superintendents say they’ve been told that the victims had been shot. They said they both canceled classes at their schools, because the suspect was still at large at that time.

[Original story]: Authorities in Illinois are investigating the slayings of five people whose bodies were found in a house in the tiny Scott County community of Manchester, west of Springfield. A suspect is in custody. Police say the bodies were found early this morning. A school superintendent in the area says he was informed by sheriff’s department that the victims had been shot to death. He says he canceled classes because authorities warned him at the time that the suspect was at large. The district has since been informed that the man was captured.

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