TYRONE, MISSOURI – A gunmen went door-to-door in a rural Missouri town late Thursday and killed 8 people, then drove across county lines and apparently killed himself.
The deputies found bodies in four separate residences in the Tyrone area after responding to a 911 call around 10:15 p.m. Thursday regarding a disturbance. The caller, described as a juvenile girl, reported hearing shots in her residence “and immediately fled to a neighbor’s house,” the statement said.
Deputies found two bodies at the first house then five more bodies — plus an injured person — at three more houses. The body of the deceased elderly woman was found at yet another residence as deputies canvassed the area, the highway patrol said.
Police have a rather bizarre theory as to what may have occurred. While piecing together the evidence in front of them, they came up with this scenario:
“We’re speculating that he came home and found her deceased and then for whatever reason went on a rampage and started killing people,” Whittaker said. “This is just so strange. Right now, with the shooter dead, we don’t know. Is there something that sparked this? We’re still in the information-gathering stage.”
Whittaker told the newspaper that it appears that the deceased woman, who was in her 70s and under a doctor’s care, had been dead at least 24 hours. He also said there were no visible signs of trauma, indicating she died of her illness.
Stories like this remind us just how important it is not to put our firearms away after we return home. Home carry is an important part of concealed carry, and this tragic incident proves you may only have seconds to respond to a gunman at your home.
This story is developing and we will continue to follow it for new details.