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2 dead, 2 injured in apparent murder suicide in West Frankfort

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Two men are dead after an apparent murder suicide in West Frankfort Tuesday.

Police received a shots fired call at 406 North Madison Street at 10 p.m. They say 42-year-old Ray Adams was already dead when they arrived.

Franklin County Coroner Marty Leffler said the incident happened near the corner of Madison and Lindell in West Frankfort.

When officers arrived on scene, they say shots were fired at the officers. Police say about three or four gunshots were fired.

At least five people were in the home at the time. Witnesses on scene identified Harley E. Wilder, as the suspect. 

Wilder, also known as Matthew Wilder, was found dead on the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Witnesses told police that Wilder was holding the handgun when it discharged.

Ray Adams, 42, was pronounced dead by Leffler.

Police found another adult and a juvenile with gunshot wounds. They were taken to an out-of-state hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Children who were in the home have been placed with family members.

Although it was calm on Wednesday evening, neighbors say it was quite a different scene the night before.

"The whole street was covered with police, ambulance, state police roped off with crime scene tape," neighbor Russell Chamness said. "They wouldn't let us come outside because our car was part of the crime scene."

Their car had the back window shattered from bullets.

West Frankfort police chief Shawn Talluto said along with the city's police department, the Franklin County Sherriff's department, Johnston City police department, Zeigler police department, Royalton police department, Christopher police department and the Illinois State police were all on the scene.

Police were told on scene that an argument over some type of property sparked the shooting. They're still in the process of interviewing witnesses, and everything is still under investigation.

The Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigations is assisting the West Frankfort Police Department with the ongoing investigation.

Autopsies of Adams and Wilder are scheduled for later Wednesday.

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