8 shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage


TYRONE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man who may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother went on a house-to-house shooting rampage in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks, killing seven people before taking his own life.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Joseph Jesse Aldridge of Tyrone, Missouri, carried out the killings with a handgun Thursday night or early Friday.

The patrol says four of the dead were cousins of Aldridge, ranging in age from 47 to 52. Authorities say the names of three other victims and a person wounded were being withheld until relatives could be notified.

Investigators say Aldridge’s 74-year-old mother was found dead of apparently natural causes.


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