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Police tape surrounds one of the crime scenes in Tyrone, Missouri. Authorities say multiple people were shot to death and one was wounded in attacks in the small southeastern Missouri town, and the suspected gunman was found dead.

Police tape surrounds one of the crime scenes in Tyrone, Missouri. Authorities say multiple people were shot to death and one was wounded in attacks in the small southeastern Missouri town, and the suspected gunman was found dead. Photo: AP

Nine people are dead following a mass murder in rural Missouri, in which the suspected gunman took his own life.

With an investigation still underway, police in the Midwestern state said on Friday it appeared that seven people were shot and killed in four different residences in the small town of Tyrone.

Tyrone is a tiny community in Texas County, about 120 km east of Springfield, and less than 50 kilometres north of the Arkansas border.

Police secure a crime scene at a house in the small town of Tyrone, Missouri.

Police secure a crime scene at a house in the small town of Tyrone, Missouri. Photo: AP

The wounded victim was taken to a hospital.

An eighth person, described as an elderly woman, was found dead in a fifth house, apparently “from natural causes,” the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Her relationship with the gunman and the victims was not immediately disclosed.

Trying to establish the motive for the killings ...Texas County Sheriff James Sigman, right, works in a mobile command post at Highways 137 and H near Tyrone, Missouri.

Trying to establish the motive for the killings …Texas County Sheriff James Sigman, right, works in a mobile command post at Highways 137 and H near Tyrone, Missouri. Photo: AP

“The apparent suspect, a 36-year-old male from Tyrone, was found dead in a vehicle … in (neighbouring) Shannon County from an apparent self-inflicted … wound,” added police spokesman Sergeant Jeff Kinder.

“There are a total of nine deceased individuals, including the elderly female and the suspect.”

The Missouri Highway Patrol, which is investigating, released a statement saying that at 10:15 pm, the Texas County Sheriff’s Department received a call from “a juvenile female caller” in a home in Tyrone who said she had heard gunshots.

“She immediately fled to a neighbour’s house to notify authorities,” the statement said. “Responding deputies found two deceased persons at this residence. Further investigation revealed five additional victims who were deceased and one additional victim who was wounded in three additional residences.”

No names have been released, pending notification of next of kin.

Law enforcement officials, who said they were trying to establish the motive for the killings, said they would hold a news conference on Friday.

For help or information, call Lifeline, 131 114, or visit beyondblue.org.au.

The New York Times, AFP
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