A suspect is in custody after five people were reportedly shot to death in Manchester, Ill., a town of 300 or so residents about 90 miles north of St. Louis, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The newspaper adds that "a sixth victim is in satisfactory condition at a Springfield, Ill., hospital, the town's fire chief says." Authorities were alerted to the shootings shortly before dawn Wednesday.
Also from St. Louis, KSDK-TV writes that "the Scott County Sheriff's Department said a child was taken to a Springfield, Illinois hospital. The pastor of Manchester Baptist Church told NewsChannel 5 that the murders happened inside a public housing complex on East Street Wednesday morning."
Jillian Deam of WCIA-TV in Champaign, Ill., tweets that:
"Suspect was on the run and caught after a high-speed chase."
We'll keep an eye on the story and update with developments.
Update at 12:25 p.m. ET. Grandmother, Parents & 2 Small Children Found Dead; Suspect Also Dies:
"A grandmother, a young couple and their two small children, 1 and 5, were found slain," at the scene, the Chicago Tribune now reports. And it adds that "a suspect was taken into custody after a police chase that ended with shots fired, officials said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, officials said. His name was not released."