The gunman who killed five family members, including a pregnant woman and two small children, in downstate Manchester was armed with a hunting rifle with a scope, a carbine rifle, a 20-gauge pump-action shotgun and an 18-inch machete, according to the state police.
Rick Odell Smith used the shotgun to kill a great-grandmother, a young couple and their two sons, 1 and 5, early Wednesday, according to state police spokeswoman Monique Bond.
When he was stopped by police hours later in the neighboring town of Winchester, he pointed and fired the shotgun at them and died in a gunfight with officers, authorities say.
State police released the new details of the gunman's arsenal Friday morning. Investigators confirmed late Friday that Smith had used the shotguns weapons in the fatal shootings.
Bond listed the weapons as a .270 Bolt Action Winchester rifle with a scope, a Winchester 20-gauge pump-action shotgun, a Ruger carbine rifle and a Gerber Gator Machete, which according to the firm's website has an 18-inch blade on one side and an 18-inch "high performance" saw blade on the other.
Police say that after Smith shot the victims, he picked up a 6-year-old girl who was still alive and carried her to a neighbor's home. A source said Smith told her to take the girl to a hospital, where she remained in fair condition Friday with facial injuries.
Bond said there are indications the girl was not targeted, for some reason, and was injured by stray shotgun pellets.
Police believe the other victims were shot at close range. They have been identified as JoAnn Sinclair, 66; Brittney Luark, 23; her boyfriend, James Roy Ralston, 29; Nolan James Ralston, 5; and Brantley Jack Ralston, 1. "Everyone else was pretty much targeted," Bond said.
Investigators do not know why Smith apparently spared the girl. Police also still are investigating a motive, though neighbors have said Smith was involved in a custody battle with Sinclair's daughter over their 4-year-old child. Neither were at the home at the time of the shooting.Copyright © 2015, RedEye