Authorities: Nine bodies found in shooting investigation

Nine persons are dead — including one of natural causes — in multiple shootings in Texas County in south-central Missouri and in an adjoining county, the Missouri State Highway confirmed.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the Texas County Sheriff’s Department was called at about 10:15 p.m. Thursday by a frightened girl, who reported gunshots in her residence. She fled to a neighbor’s home, and officers later found two bodies in the girl’s home.
Further investigation found another five fatalities and one additional wounded victim at three additional Tyrone residences, the patrol said. Lawmen later went to another residence, looking for the suspect, where they found an elderly woman who apparently had died of natural causes. A Missouri State Highway Patrol officer said the woman is the suspect’s mother, and they are attempting to determine if it links to the crime spree.
The injured victim was taken to an area hospital.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol officer confirmed the death of the alleged shooter, a 36-year-old man. The patrol said he was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted shot in a parked vehicle in Shannon County. Investigators at about 7:30 a.m. were leaving one of the crime scenes. Two are within a short distance of each other near Highways H and DD.
The patrol released no names at a press conference conducted by Sgt. Jeff Kinder of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop G at the Texas County Justice Center.

A neighbor in the area reported that at 3:45 a.m. authorities came to the door checking for fatalities or injured. Persons in the Highway H residence said they were told to stay in the house and not to open the door to strangers.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has established a mobile command post at Highways 137 and H. It is near Christy’s General Store.

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