PHOTO: Shooting Suspect Rick Odell Smith

After he shot his way into a home Wednesday in the small central Illinois town of Manchester, Rick Odell Smith gunned down a great-grandmother, a young couple and three young children, police said.

The police say he scooped up a wounded 6-year-old girl who was still alive and took her over to a neighbor's home.

Then he jumped into his white sedan and sped off. Police caught up with him hours later, and he died in a gunfight with officers, authorities said.

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