5 wounded in Joplin shootings; police say apparently random

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2016

Police responded to the report of a possible shooting at around 5:08 a.m.at a duplex at 1810 S. Connecticut Ave.in Joplin. Police said there were no victims at the scene.

Joplin Officers located a possible suspect vehicle southbound on Connecticut Ave.

As the suspect traveled through the intersection police said he fired multiple rounds.

The suspect made a U-turn and eventually turned north on Pearl Avenue.

Mourning surrendered and was arrested at 5:22 a.m. Two dogs in the church van were also injured in the shooting.

Glaskey said he did not think anyone at the church knew the suspect, adding, "It was random".


"Our dogs were also injured". One was released, and one was still getting medical care Saturday afternoon.

A church van that was stopped at 32nd Street and Connecticut Avenue had three people who were shot.

Joplin police say a man has been arrested after five people were injured in two apparently random roadway shootings.

"If they hadn't of gotten him to the hospital when they did, he wouldn't be here", she said.

Investigators say they don't believe there appears to be any relationship between the suspect and victims. There were four victims injured by gunshots and one victim struck by shrapnel. Three adult victims were injured as a result of either direct gunfire and/or shrapnel. One victim is listed as critical but stable, another is serious but stable and the third victim was released.

The driver is listed as stable and the passenger has been released.


Police said there have been no fatalities from this incident so far.

Police found recovered a rifle and handgun. Charges have not yet been submitted to the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office.

Police said a motive for the shootings has yet to be determined.

Joplin Police investigate the scene of a reported early morning shooting on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, near 20th and CT streets in Joplin, Mo.

Although closed for some time, 32nd Street has reopened to traffic, police said.

The investigation continues and further details will be released as they are available.


Joplin police claim Thomas Mourning II, 26, opened fire on an Immanuel Lutheran Church van that was on its way to a St. Louis for a meeting about the church's Comfort Dog ministry, the Joplin Globe reported. "They said that his chances were very, very slim". Police said the adults in the van were taken to local hospitals. The person in the vehicle fired shots, striking people in a church at 32nd St. and Connecticut Ave.

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