VILLAGE OF MANCHESTER, Ill. (KSDK) - Five people are dead and one injured in a shooting Wednesday morning in the Village of Manchester, Illinois, according to Mayor Ronald Drake. The suspected shooter died later that morning following a shootout with authorities.
The Scott County Sheriff's Department said a 6-year-old girl was taken to a Springfield, Illinois hospital where she remains in critical condition.
According to ISP Trooper Mike Kindhart,the murders happened inside a public housing complex on East Street around 4:30 a.m.
TheChicago Tribune reported that the victims were a grandmother, a young couple and their two small children.
According to investigators, the suspect was located shortly before 7:15 a.m. in a vehicle. The suspect exchanged gunfire with Illinois State Police and Winchester police at approximately 7:27 a.m. before being taken into custody.
The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.
Multiple schools were placed on lockdown. The Jacksonville School District 117 secretary to Superintendent Steve Ptacek said the school was closed in response to a recent shootout with the suspect on Woodson Winchester Road. North Greene Unit School District #3 was closed, and WLDS Radio reported Winchester schools had closed.
The Illinois State Police is leading the investigation.
Investigators have not disclosed a possible motive.
Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the Illinois State Police at 217-786-6677.
Manchester is located about 85 miles north of St. Louis.
NewsChannel 5 will have more information when it becomes available.