Investigators in downstate Illinois say one of the five people murdered Wednesday was pregnant.
Police say Rick Odell Smith shot and killed a great-grandmother, a pregnant mother, her boyfriend and two young children in a home in the small town of Manchester, IL.
Smith sped off in a car and was killed later by police during a shootout.
Investigators haven’t said what the motive for the killings may have been, but they say he was involved in a custody battle with another family member who was not in the home at the time.
The dead include:
Jo Ann Sinclair, 67, grandmother to Brittney Luark and great-grandmother to the 2 deceased children;
James Roy Ralston, 29, father of 2 deceased children;
Brittney Luark, 23, the pregnant mother of 2 deceased children and granddaughter of Jo Ann Sinclair;
Nolan J. Ralston, 5, son of James Ralston and Brittney Luark;
Brantley Ralston, 1, son of James Ralston and Brittney Luark.
The six- year-old child remains hospitalized in serious condition with facial wounds.