Five people dead in early morning shooting in small Illinois town

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MANCHESTER, Ill. — Five people in the same family were killed early Wednesday morning in a shooting in the small Illinois town of Manchester, according to the town’s mayor and Another person has been hospitalized, and police say the suspect is dead.

Mayor Ronald Drake says he got the call around 4:30 a.m. that there had been a shooting with multiple victims.

A six-year-old girl was found alive in the apartment.

Witnesses told police the suspect left the scne in a white Chevy Lumina, a car that was later pursued by police. Shots were fired and the suspect was hit. He was taken to the area hospital, where he died, police said.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the victims were a 64-year-old woman, her 22-year old grandaughter and the granddaughter’s boyfriend. a five-year-old boy, and a one-year-old boy.

Classes were cancelled in three area school districts: Northgreene, Winchester and Jacksonville.  Approximately 950 students are affected.

Manchester is about 80 miles north of St. Louis, Mo., and has a population of about 300 people.

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