Grandma, Kids Among 5 Dead in Illinois Shooting
Incident leads to car chase, closed schools
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 24, 2013 9:17 AM CDT
Updated Apr 24, 2013 11:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Five people, including two children, were killed and another child was injured in a shooting this morning in the tiny Illinois town of Manchester, which is home to just 300 people. The suspect managed to evade police for nearly three hours, but was ultimately captured after a high-speed chase in which shots were fired, WLDS reports. He was taken to an area hospital, where he eventually died, police tell Fox 2.

The victims include 65-year-old Joanne Sinclair; her 22-year-old granddaughter, Brittany Luark; Luark's boyfriend, Roy Ralston; and their children, Nolan Ralston, 5, and Brantley Ralston, 1, the Chicago Tribune reports. Another 7-year-old girl was taken to the hospital. "The guy broke into the house," Sinclair's son-in-law said. "I couldn't tell you about the guy, never met him, never seen him, never talked to him." But a neighbor identified the shooter as Rick Smith, 43, and said he was embroiled in a custody battle over his 4-year-old, whose mother is Sinclair's daughter.

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Apr 24, 2013 8:36 PM CDT
I had an experience where I believed someone had broken in and was coming toward me. My first thought was, 'I hope it's fast.' My second was, 'I wish I had a gun...' Turns out it was nothing. Just the rain walking up my roof. Until that happened I never felt the need to have a gun. Like people are trying to point out, a gun is a good thing to have in today's world even if you hate the things. Not a perfect solution but a logical one.
Apr 24, 2013 5:52 PM CDT
Well there you go, your classic bad guy with a gun making victims of unarmed good guys. I wonder if the NRA chalks these up to people failing to get their message.
Apr 24, 2013 4:16 PM CDT
My bet is the wife/ex knew him well enough to obtain a protective order; if she did not, then she should shoulder some of the blame for the loss of her loved ones. ** The Chicago Tribune story says he was previously arrested for "reckless homicide" and was in possession of numerous firearms. At any rate, sounds like some "criminal control" would have gone a long way. Guns are NOT the problem, the problem is the HAND on the gun and the MIND at the other end of the arm.