Seven people were dead in a shooting spree in and around the rural Missouri community of Tyrone, police said Friday. An eighth person at one of the crime scenes was also found dead, apparently of natural causes, said Texas County authorities.
In addition, the suspect, believed to be a 36-year-old male, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was located inside of a car in a neighboring county, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a statement.
Texas County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the trail of slayings at 10:15 p.m. CT Thursday, when a juvenile female called 911 to say she heard gunshots in her home and fled. Deputies responded and found two people dead inside the home.
After investigating further, another five people were found dead in three other residences in Tyrone, an unincorporated community about 95 miles east of Springfield. There was also one person injured at one of the scenes and taken to the hospital, Texas County authorities said.
At another residence, the body of a deceased elderly female, who appeared to have died from natural causes, was also discovered. The relationship between the shooter and the victims wasn’t immediately clear. State and county police planned a news conference Friday morning to discuss the details.