A Missouri gunman killed eight people, at least four of them relatives, and then committed suicide, Rural State Police said.
Police said the bodies of the seven dead were found in four different homes in the small, rural Texas town of Tyrone.
She added that the body of a man named Joseph Jesse Aldridge (36 years) was later found in a car in a neighboring county, indicating that it is likely that he was the one who killed the seven victims and then committed suicide by shooting himself.
Police officers also found in a fifth house the body of the supposed killer’s mother, Alice Aldridge, 74, but she was not killed, but she died a “natural death”, and her body will be autopsied on Saturday.
Police spokesman Sergeant Geoff Kinder said, “The suspect is a 36-year-old man from Tyrone, who was found dead in his car (…) in neighboring Shannon County after he apparently shot himself.”
He added in a press conference that “the investigation is continuing to understand the motives for these murders.”
According to investigators, four of the victims, two men and two women, aged between 47 and 52 years, are relatives of the murderer because their family name is the same, that is, Aldridge.
In addition to the seven dead, an eighth person was wounded in the incident, but his life is not in danger.
According to Texas County Sheriff James Siegman, the killer was armed with only a pistol, and his judicial record was clean except from some simple precedents.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper, for its part, quoted Texas County Coroner Tom Whittaker as saying that the murderer committed his crime after discovering that his mother had died, “so he had a frenzy and started killing people
At about 10:15 p.m., Texas County Police received a call from a young woman reporting a shooting at a house she was inside.
Tyrone is a small village located in the state of Missouri, of which 97% of the population are whites, and about 20% of them live below the poverty line.
In a statement, Gov. Jay Nixon expressed condolences to the families of the victims of this “terrible tragedy.”