7 people killed in south-central Missouri shooting spree, suspect also dead

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Joseph Aldridge

Joseph Aldridge

TEXAS COUNTY, MO (KTVI)-Nine people are dead and several crime scenes are being investigated in Texas County, in rural south-central Missouri. Around 10:15pm Thursday, the Texas County Sheriff’s Department received an urgent 911 call from a young girl who ran to a neighbor's home for help after hearing gunshots. They responded to a residence in Tyrone, Missouri and found two people shot and killed. They found five more shooting victims who were deceased and another victim who was wounded at three different residences.

Dead are Garold Dee Aldridge, 52, and Julie Ann Aldridge, 47, a married couple. Also killed were Harold Wayne Aldridge, 50, and Janell Arlisa Aldridge, 48, who were also married.

The names of three other adult victims are not being released pending notification of next of kin. The Sheriff of Texas County James Sigman says they the three are not related to the other victims.

Police also found the body of a deceased woman, Alice L. Aldridge, 74, who they believe died from natural causes.

The suspect is identified a Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, from Tyrone, who was found dead in a vehicle in Shannon County. He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is the son of the deceased Alice Aldridge and a cousin of the shooting victims who have been named. Police are not looking for another suspect.

The wounded victim was taken to a nearby hospital. She has been able to speak to police.

All of the victims’ residences are located within a three-mile radius in Tyrone. No motive has been given for the deaths. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Texas County Sheriff’s Department continue to investigate.

Tyrone is a small town located 135 miles southwest of St. Louis.

If you have any information regarding this case, it can be forwarded to the Texas County Sheriff’s Department at (417) 967-4165 or the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop G Headquarters at (417) 469-3121.