CHICAGO  - Five people were shot to death and one injured as a result of a shooting in Manchester, Illinois, local television station KSDK and WLDS radio reported on Wednesday. A suspect from the shooting is in custody, according to WLDS radio. In response to the report, Jacksonville School District 117 is closed for the day, according to Debbie McKean, secretary to Superintendent Steve Ptacek. The school district covers 222 square miles and includes the area where the suspect was reported apprehended, according to McKean.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Department referred all questions to the Illinois State Police. A spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police was not immediately available for comment. Schools in Manchester, which is located 50 miles west from Springfield and about 90 miles north of St Louis, were cancelled after officials from the local sheriff warned school administrators that the suspect was still on the loose early Wednesday morning.  Les Stevens of the North Greene School District says he was told that the victims had been shot to death. The tiny community of Manchestor registered a population of just 354, according to the 2000 census. The village has a total area of 1.06 square miles.