Latest: Woman says husband in critical after Joplin gunfire

7 months 1 week 4 days ago August 13, 2016 Aug 13, 2016 Saturday, August 13 2016 Saturday, August 13, 2016 12:13:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
By: The Associated Press

JOPLIN (AP) — The Latest on the shooting in Joplin, Missouri, that injured five people (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

A woman who was in a Joplin church van when it was fired on said the group didn't know what was happening when the gunfire erupted.

Vicki Eby told KOAM-TV she was in the church van early Saturday with her husband Kenneth, who was driving, and two other people.

She said they heard "three pops go off" but that it was so dark "we didn't know what was happening."

She said one of the bullets hit her husband's lung, and that he's hospitalized in critical condition.

Two other people were also wounded in a pickup truck nearby.

A suspect has been taken into custody, but authorities say formal charges haven't been filed.

Police also told AP Radio that the suspect's father called police to report the suspect was firing rounds at the family's home.

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1:35 p.m.

Joplin authorities have identified five people wounded in apparently random shootings as they sat in their vehicles.

Police said in a statement that Kenneth Eby; his wife, Vicki Eby; and Heidi Gustin of Joplin's Immanuel Lutheran Church were sitting in a church van at a traffic light when they were shot Saturday.

They were headed to St. Louis for a meeting about the church's Comfort Dog ministry. Two dogs were also wounded.

The Joplin Globe reports Kenneth Eby is in critical but stable condition. Vicki Eby sustained minor injuries. Gustin has injuries considered serious but not life-threatening.

Two other victims shot separately in their pickup, are identified as Donal Pugh, who's in serious but stable condition, and Debbie Pugh, who sustained minor injuries.

A 26-year-old suspect is in custody.

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12 p.m.

Joplin police say a man has been arrested after five people were injured in two apparently random roadway shootings.

The Joplin Globe reports that police have arrested a 26-year-old man suspected in the early Saturday shootings.

Police said there's no apparent motive for the shooting.

Officers were called to a duplex early Saturday and found no victims.

Police tried to stop a vehicle, the driver of which fired shots at a church van that was stopped at a traffic light. Three adults in the van were injured, and two are hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening.

The suspect is also accused of shooting at a pickup truck and injuring two adults. The driver is hospitalized, the passenger was released.

Police say the suspect is being held pending formal charges.

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