A 26-year-old man in Joplin, Missouri has been arrested after five people were injured Saturday morning in apparently random roadway shootings, police said.
Police say there is no apparent motive for the shootings, which were allegedly carried out by Thomas S. Mooring II. Mooring is in custody and is being held pending formal charges.
Police responded to a call at 5:08 a.m. to a possible shooting at an apartment complex. When they arrived at the scene, they tried to stop a vehicle nearby. When they did, the driver fired shots at an Immanuel Lutheran Church van that was stopped at a traffic light. 3 people in that van were hit.
The suspect is also accused of shooting at a pickup truck and injuring two adults. Both the driver and the passenger were hit but were not wounded seriously.
Mooring did not stop. He was on a rampage and had no plan or apparent preference for who he was attacking. Police put their lives on the line to save the community from further violence. The suspect, Mooring, was not shot. Mooring is white.
‘As rounds were being fired, police continued to stay with that suspect, continued to pursue that suspect even though they knew the suspect was actively firing his weapon,’ Police Chief Matt Stewart said at a news conference.
The man surrendered and was arrested at 5:22 a.m., and is being held pending formal charges.
‘We are very grateful that these victims do not appear to have life-threatening wounds because of this act,’ Mayor Mike Seibert said
Joplin Missouri is a small town in the southwest corner of the state. it was devastated by a tornado and almost completely destroyed in may of 2011. Since then, the community has re-built, This is the first national news out of Joplin since that day in 2011.