Small-Town Illinois Killer was Mayor’s Nephew

MANCHESTER, Ill. (AP) — The mayor of a small Illinois town where five people were found shot dead says the suspected gunman was his nephew.


Illinois State Police on Wednesday identified the suspected gunman as 43-year-old Rick Smith of rural Morgan County. Manchester Mayor Ronald Drake says that Smith is his nephew. The mayor said he hadn’t spoken to Smith in two years but he believed that his nephew was unemployed.

Smith died at a hospital after a car chase and exchanging gunfire with police earlier Wednesday. State Police said officers found a shotgun, rifle and large hunting knife in Smith’s car.

The five victims were found shot dead in a Manchester home early Wednesday morning.