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8 people dead in rural Missouri shooting spree

Seven people were shot dead in rural Missouri before an alleged gunman turned his weapon on himself in a parked vehicle early Friday, USA Today reported.

The crime scene is scattered across two counties and includes several different homes, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Police first responded to an emergency call placed by a young girl who said she heard gunshots at her home in Tyrone, Mo., according to USA Today. She placed the call from a nearby neighbor’s house. The shooting spree may have started at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, local media reported, and authorities are now processing 6 different crime scenes at five different residences.

The 36-year-old man who authorities suspect was responsible for the multiple murders apparently went from house to house on a shooting spree. Two people were killed at one location and five more were killed and one wounded at three more homes. The alleged shooter then drove to neighboring Shannon County where he was found dead in his vehicle as the result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

An elderly woman also was found dead, but she appeared to have died of natural causes, USA Today reported.

Authorities have not identified a motive, the Toronto Star reported.