Man Who Killed 5 Saved Wounded Girl: Police

Officials unsure why Rick Smith took 6-year-old to neighboring home

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 25, 2013 6:15 AM CDT | Updated Apr 25, 2013 7:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – The man who police say killed five people in Manchester, Ill., yesterday turns out to have been the one who helped save the 6-year-old girl he shot, reports the Chicago Tribune. Officials don't know why Rick Odell Smith carried the bloodied girl to a neighbor's house after his shooting spree, but he reportedly told the neighbor to take her to a hospital. She had been shot several times and is now in critical condition with facial injuries. "It's devastating, simply devastating," says Manchester Mayor Ron Drake—who happens to be Smith's uncle. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Drake hasn't talked to Smith in two years, and notes the impact the murders are having on this tiny town, home to just 300 people—and not a single stoplight.

Police officials investigate the scene at a house in Manchester, Ill., where five people were found slain in the tiny southwestern Illinois town early yesterday.
Police officials investigate the scene at a house in Manchester, Ill., where five people were found slain in the tiny southwestern Illinois town early yesterday.   (AP Photo/The State Journal-Register, Ted Schurter)
Rick Smith, 43, has been identified as the suspected gunman in the shooting deaths of five people, two women, one man and two young boys, in Manchester, Ill., early yesterday.
Rick Smith, 43, has been identified as the suspected gunman in the shooting deaths of five people, two women, one man and two young boys, in Manchester, Ill., early yesterday.   (AP Photo/Illinois State Police)
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