The 911 call taker heard several shots during the call and a hysterical female in the background. By the time St. Charles city police officers got to the home, still draped with Christmas lights, there was little they could do.
The scene inside, police said, was "horrific." Zoe and Jonathan Kasten, just 8 and 10 years old, and their grandmother, Jane Moeckel were shot to death. Another woman was also shot and later died at the hospital.
When officers arrived, they observed a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed.
Officers said they tried to stop the person behind the wheel — believed to be the suspect — which led to a gun battle that left one of their cruisers riddled with bullet holes. But it didn't end there.
A short time later, a person with that same description attempted to carjack a woman. Investigators said he stabbed the woman, then took off again.
After a seven-hour manhunt, police tracked down the suspect after they got a call that a man was inside this convenience store and bleeding.
Authorities said the murders were not random, but committed by a man who had a relationship with the victims. It was all too much for some of their neighbors process.
"Now they're gone. It's just scary, sad, very sad," said one neighbor.
Police said investigators are still looking into what may have motivated all of this. The carjacking victim is going to recover from her physical injuries and no officers were hurt.