Suspect planned Manchester shooting attack

Manchester Illinois shooting scene photo from KTVI

Manchester Illinois shooting scene photo from KTVI

Illinois State Police say the suspect who shot and killed five people in Manchester, Illinois had planned the attack.

The alleged shooter, 43-year-old Rick Smith broke into a family’s one-story apartment early on April 24, 2013, killing two children, their father and mother- who was pregnant- and the children’s grandmother.

Police say based on witness statements, Smith was in a domestic dispute with the family over his three-year-old daughter. Smith believed the family of his daughter’s mother, Rita Luark, was interfering with the custody battle.

Illinois State Police said they were able to create a timeline of what Smith did before the shootings. Police also said none of the victims were related to Smith.

After leaving the scene of the attack, Smith had a shootout with police and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

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