9 people found dead in south-central Missouri
TYRONE - Nine people were found shot to death Friday morning at four separate crime scenes according to local news sources. The shooter is believed to be among those found at one of the scenes.
The Houston Herald reports Texas County Sheriff James Sigman said there are four confirmed crime scenes at Tyrone, a possible fifth location and a sixth outside of Texas County in Shannon County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports one of the dead include an elderly woman who appears to have died of natural causes.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol officer confirmed the death of the alleged shooter. The lawmen said he was found in a parked vehicle in Shannon County a short distance from the other crime scenes. A statement Missouri State Highway Patrol said that the male suspect, 36, had died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A neighbor reports they were alerted by authorities who came to the door 3:45 a.m. checking for fatalities or injured persons. Residents of Highway H 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 and authorities will be holding a news briefing at 9 a.m. at the Texas County Justice Center in Houston.
Photo above couresty of The Houston Herald.