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5 dead, including 3 children, in Illinois town

world Updated: Dec 19, 2011 07:58 IST

Five people, including a baby and two children, were found shot to death at a home in a small farming town in the state of Illinois, authorities said, and police said they were not searching for a gunman.

While not specifically saying the shooter was among the dead, who were found dead on Friday, Livingston County Sheriff Martin Meredith said the community was "safe from any harm" and authorities "are not looking for anyone in this crime."

County board member Bob Young, who lives in Emington, said the dead included a man, a woman, an infant, a first grader and a fourth grader. The family had moved to the town of about 100 people about 128 kilometres southwest of Chicago within the last six months and the two older children attend school in nearby Saunemin, Young said. The street where the family lived was closed by police, he said.

Meredith said first responders found the bodies after Livingston County dispatchers received a call last afternoon. Coroner Michael Burke will release the names of the victims once relatives are notified, the sheriff said.

Livingston County authorities and Illinois State Police crime scene technicians were still working the scene late yesterday, Meredith said. He declined to release additional details about the shooting, saying more information would be released on Saturday morning.