CHICAGO (CBS/AP) - A man visiting his family in Chicago's Marquette Park neighborhood shot and killed four relatives, including his pregnant wife, 19-year-old Twanda Thompson, his 7-month-old son, and two other children, and wounded two more, according to police.
Although it is unclear what sparked the rampage, the suspect, who has not been identified, claims that he had heard voices telling him to kill his family, and he would have killed more of them if he had not run out of bullets, reports CBS affiliate WBBM.
The suspect's sister, Letisha Larry of Wisconsin, said that while her brother has no diagnosed mental illness, he recently started acting strangely. She claimed that while he was in jail he had become a Muslim, and had been saying Allah was telling him to kill people for the past week, sources told WBBM.
Court documents indicate the suspect has a criminal history involving drugs and theft, and was charged last September with disorderly conduct and battery after he allegedly attacked Thompson in a van in Madison, Wis.The suspect's 12-year-old niece managed to escape the massacre and run out of the house as her uncle shot at her from a distance. She notified the Chicago Police who arrived on the scene within minutes.
Officers arrested the alleged gunman several miles away about 90 minutes later heading in the direction of another relative's house, a police source told the television station. No charges had been filed as of 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Family and friends gathered Thursday at Marquette Park to honor and grieve for victims.