8 Dead Including Gunman In Rural Missouri Shooting Spree

02/27/2015 10:30 am ET | Updated Feb 27, 2015

A 36-year-old shooter killed seven people in rural Missouri Thursday night before turning the gun on himself.

In a news conference Friday morning, Sgt. Jeff Kinder of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said eight bodies were found in five homes in Tyrone, an unincorporated community in south-central Missouri. Tyrone is 160 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Around 10:15 Thursday night, the Texas County Sheriff received reports of a shooting inside a home. A juvenile female called police from a neighbor's house after she heard gunshots inside the home and fled.

Responding deputies found two dead at this residence. Five additional victims were found dead, with one additional wounded victim in three additional Tyrone residences. The injured victim was taken to a nearby hospital.

The deceased include seven shooting victims, and an elderly woman who investigators say died of natural causes. Kinder said police are not counting the elderly woman as a victim.

The gunman's body was found inside a car in neighboring Shannon County, according to KY3 News. He appears to have shot himself.

Police said the names of the victims will not be released until next-of-kin are notified. Kinder said police were still piecing together a motive.

"In our job we see a lot of bad stuff, and this is bad. it's hard on the officers to have to see this kind of stuff," Kinder said.

This is a developing story.

Also on HuffPost:

Dangerous Days
Suggest a correction