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Custody Dispute Could’ve Led To Mass Shooting Near Springfield

Posted by wlpo on April 26, 2013

MANCHESTER, Ill. (AP) – Investigators say there was a dispute between the man suspected of killing a south-central Illinois family and at least one of the victims, but they don’t know what it was about.

Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond says official are running down reports that Rick Smith was involved in a custody dispute with a member of the family that was found shot to death Wednesday in Manchester. Smith is suspected of forcing his way into a home west of Springfield, and shooting the family with a shotgun.

The victims were two brothers, their father, their pregnant mother and their great-grandmother. The boys’ 6-year-old sister was shot and seriously injured.

Smith died after a shootout with police.

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