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Missouri,USA(BBC): Police made the discoveries on late Thursday at five different homes in or near the city of Tyrone. Authorities believe that they found the body of the shooter in a parked car near one of the crime scenes.
The shooter’s motive is not known at this time, and police are continuing to investigate.
“We’re currently working six active scenes including the location in Shannon County where the suspect was found deceased, ” Sergeant Jeff Kinder of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told reporters on Friday morning.
Residents reported that police went door-to-door on Friday warning them to secure their homes.
Around 22:15 local time (4:15 GMT) on Thursday, officers from the Texas County Sheriff’s Department responded to an emergency call from a girl claiming she heard gunshots in a home.
The girl fled to a neighbour’s house to alert the authorities.
Upon inspection, officers found two people dead in the house.
As they continued searching, they found six additional victims who were killed and one that was injured spread across four other residences.
The body of the suspect, who has only been identified as a 36-year-old man from Tyrone, was discovered in car in nearby Shannon County. He had appeared to die of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officials have made multiple references to a woman found at one of the scenes “who appeared to have died from natural causes”. However, they have not made clear her connection to the victims or he suspect.
Authorities took the injured victim to a nearby hospital, and are working to notify the deceased’s next-of-kin. They say that they will not be identifying the victims until the notification process is complete.