MANCHESTER IL SHOOTINGS: Joanne Sinclair, her granddaughter Brittany Luark, 22, her boyfriend Roy Ralston, Nolan Ralston, 5, and Brantley Ralston, 1, were killed by Rick Smith, 43, at a Manchester, Ill., home early Wednesday morning.
The suspected gunman, Rick Smith, reportedly died at a local hospital. He lived in Roodhouse, five miles from the small town of Manchester.
“The guy broke into the house,” [Brad]Teeter said. “I couldn’t tell you about the guy, never met him, never seen him, never talked to him. He apparently broke into the home of my wife’s mother and shot everybody inside.”
“I’m at a loss right now,” said Teeter.
State police would not comment on a possible motive. But a neighbor said Smith had been going through a custody battle with the mother of their 4-year-old daughter. The woman is Sinclair’s daughter.
“He was under a lot of stress. . .There was a lot of problems with custody with the daughter,” the neighbor said.
The neighbor said Smith had lived with the woman at his home until recently. The neighbor said the two had been together for about five years.
The neighbor said Smith worked as a jack of all trades. “He did odd jobs for people, he could fix anything. He was a really hard worker,” the neighbor said.
The neighbor said Smith had custody of their daughter fairly often but “I know there was a lot of friction with (her) family.” Source: Chicago Tribune
Another child, Cassidy Ralston, 6, was listed in serious condition, according to the Chicago Tribune.