MANCHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police investigators have determined that a man who shot dead five family members at their home in central Illinois was motivated by his anger over a custody dispute.
In a statement Friday, the state police said Rick O. Smith planned the shooting attack on the family because he believed they were interfering in his dispute with the mother of his 3-year-old daughter. Rita Luark and Smith’s daughter live at a different address and were not among the victims of the April 24 shooting in Manchester.
Police shot and killed Smith the same day after he fired shots at officers during a car chase.
Police said their conclusions on Smith’s motive were based on statements from family members and acquaintances.