Shooter on the loose in Manchester, area schools closed

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.


Original Story, April 24, 2013:

Police have surrounded the small town of Manchester, Ill. Wednesday morning after reports of a deadly early morning shooting.

The Illinois State Police will have a press conference 10 a.m. at Manchester City Hall at Fourth and Main streets.

The shooter is in custody, Trooper Mike Kindhart of the Illinois State Police said.

While unconfirmed by police, multiple eye-witnesses,

WLDS Radio say as many as five people may have been killed in this shooting.

Manchester resident Barry Wright lives in the East Street neighborhood where the shooting occurred. Wright says state police have been on scene since 4:30 a.m.

"I was told to go back to my apartment,â?? he 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 are closed as the manhunt for the suspect continues.

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."

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