Joplin shooting suspect has mental health issues, dad says
JOPLIN (AP) — The father of a southwest Missouri man charged in weekend shootings that left six people and two dogs wounded said he believes his son was suffering a psychotic episode.
The Joplin Globe reports that Tom Mourning Sr. said his son, 26-year-old Tom Mourning II, has had mental health issues. The younger Mourning is jailed on $1 million bond on multiple counts of armed criminal action, first-degree felony assault and unlawful use of a weapon. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.
Tom Mourning Sr. called police Saturday to report shots had been fired in the duplex where they lived. He told the Globe his son was having "a schizophrenic- or bipolar-type event" and that his son had recently broken up with his girlfriend.