At around 4:40 a.m. April 24, five people were killed and one injured in an attack that occurred in a home in Manchester, Illinois, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. Manchester is a small town of 300, approximately 50 miles southwest of Springfield, Ill. Initial reports said the victims were shot, but officials say they are still ascertaining how the five people died.
The victims, who were identified by relatives, were Joanne Sinclair, 65, her granddaughter Brittany Luark, 22, her boyfriend Roy Ralston, Nolan Ralston, 5, and Bradley Ralston, 1. Another child, Cassidy Raston, 7 was injured and is hospitalized at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. His condition is listed as serious.
A suspect fled the scene and was pursued by police. Shots were fired, and the suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital. His name has not been released.
Mayor Ron Drake, 66, called the killings a tragedy. “I’ve lived here for 43 years and my wife’s lived her for all of her life and there’s never been a homicide.”
Illinois has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation.