Seven people were shot to death in a middle-of-the-night shooting rampage in Texas County, Mo., the Houston Herald reports. The attacks in the south-central part of the state took place at multiple sites. A 36-year-old suspected gunman from Tyrone is also dead, police tell KTVI, saying he was discovered in a parked vehicle in Shannon County with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. The chaos reportedly started with a 10:15pm call last night to the Texas County Sheriff’s Department from a "juvenile female" caller who reported gunshots in a Tyrone home (she was said to have been calling from a neighbor's house, KTVI notes). When law enforcement arrived on the scene, they found two dead; investigations uncovered five more deceased and one injured person at three other Tyrone residences.
The injured person was taken to a hospital, police tell KTVI. They also say an elderly female was found dead in a fifth residence, though Sgt. Jeff Kinder of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a press conference this morning that she "appears" to have died from natural causes and is not considered a victim. The shootings stunned sleepy residents: One unnamed person tells the Herald that police showed up on the doorstep at 3:45am asking if anyone in the house had been injured or killed. The victims' names aren't being released until attempts have been made to notify next of kin, Kinder noted at the press conference. "In our job we see a lot of bad stuff, and this is bad," he said. (Read more Missouri stories.)