Two dead, two wounded in late night shooting

Neighbors say two people are dead and two more are in the hospital with gunshot wounds after an argument boiled over.

Police in West Frankfort, Illinois, responded to 406 N. Madison St. just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Investigators say 32-year-old Harley Wilder shot and killed 42-year-old Ray Adams and wounded two of Adams’ children before turning the gun on himself.

"We come out and it was wall to wall police cars and an ambulance," said neighbor Russell Chamness.

"There was a female juvenile that was upstairs with this suspect,” said West Frankfort Police Chief Shawn Talluto.  “The female was able to get away. Through the course of us talking to him several shots were fired, and the male suspect had sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound."

"They always say it happens somewhere else, but when it happens right in your own neighborhood you don't know what to think about it," said Chamness.

Chief Talluto says the shooter, 32-year-old Harvey Wilder, had an out of state record.

Chamness says Adams looked past that to help out an old friend.

"Ray was a good guy, and he was all about family,” said Chamness. “He was just trying to help somebody out, and he turned on him."

Adams’ son and daughter were both air-lifted to trauma centers in St. Louis after sustaining gunshot wounds. At this time, their condition is not known.

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