5 dead, 1 injured in Manchester shooting, suspect in custody

Troopers from the Illinois State Police gather evidence at Illinois 106 and County Road 725 North.

Investigators have no motive in a shooting that left six people dead, including the shooter, in what is being called the first multiple homicide in Scott County, Ill. history and the first murder there in nearly two decades. For the newest details in this story, click here.


The shooter was taken into custody at 7:27 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Lieutenant Todd Kilbey with the Illinois State Police. He was in critical condition when taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Kilbey also confirms multiple weapons were found when the suspect was taken into custody.

Search warrants have been filed in the Scott County Clerk of Court for the home and property of Rick Smith in connection with this morning's events. The contents of those warrants aren't currently part of the public record.

The suspect was on the run for about 2 hours and was caught after a high-speed pursuit and exchange of gunfire, according to

WLDS Radio

out of Jacksonville. The chase followed the Winchester-Woodson blacktop road. More information is expected to be released at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The Illinois State Police held a press conference at 11 a.m. at the Shelter House near Manchester City Hall, at Fourth and Main streets. In attendance was the Scott County Sheriffâ??s Department, Green County Sheriffâ??s Department, Roodhouse Police Department and Illinois State Police.

At the time of the press conference, one resident shouted from the church steps across the street for reporters to leave. There were about 20 residents in attendance at the press conference.

If you have any information regarding the Manchester shootings, the Illinois State Police have requested that you call 217-786-6677.

Police are still at the scene of the shooting while they conduct their investigation and residents are out watching and waiting to see what is going on.

Troopers from the Illinois State Police are also gathering evidence at Illinois 106 and County Road 725 North. (See photos.)

Trooper Kindhart spoke to media during the 9 o'clock hour. You can listen to his statements through WICS in Springfield



Chicago Tribune reporter Carlos Sadovi said initial reports were that the victims were shot to death, but Bond said officials were still trying to determine how they were killed. Read more from the

Chicago Tribune here


KTVI in St. Louis reports that the location of the shooting is a one-story apartment building that has several units in it and the unit is now cordoned off and secured by police.

Click here for their story.

Manchester resident Barry Wright lives in the housing complex on the East Street neighborhood where the shooting occurred.

"I was told to go back to my apartment,â?? Wright said. â??I saw the state police there at 4:30 a.m. We're in a state of shock here this morning."

Four Rivers Special Education District, Westfair Christian Academy, Jacksonville District 117, North Greene and Winchester Schools remain closed for the day.

Jacksonville School District 117 sent out a message this morning.

"Due to the shooting last night in Manchester, Illinois, Jacksonville School District 117 has cancelled classes for today, April 24. In the best interest of our students and our staff, District 117 has cancelled school for today."

According to KSDK

in St. Louis, the Jacksonville School District 117 secretary to Superintendent Steve Ptacek said the school is closed in response to a recent shootout with a suspect on Woodson Winchester Road. North Greene Unit School District #3 is closed and WLDS Radio reports Winchester schools are closed.

Click here for KSDK's full story.

Manchester is a small town of less than 300 people, about 85 miles east of Quincy and 18 miles south of Jacksonville.

We'll continue to update this story as more details come in. Stay with KHQA for the latest updates.