2 comfort dogs along with 5 people shot in random Missouri shootings

In Joplin, Missouri five people and two comfort dogs were the victims of an apparent random shooting on Saturday morning as they traveled in two vehicles, reports the Joplin Globe.comfort dog 1 shot

Tom S. Mourning II, 26 surrendered to authorities after he led Joplin police on a vehicle chase. According to Captain Bob Higginbotham of the Joplin Police, no motive has been given for the shootings which began after the Mourning’s father called police his son has been shooting at the family’s home.comfort dog 2 shot

“This came out of the blue and all of a sudden people were shot and going to the hospital,” stated Jason Glaskey, director of the comfort dog ministry for the Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Three people in the van, including the driver were either shot or injured by flying glass from the vehicle. One of the dog’s Louie was shot in the neck. The bullet has since been removed and the dog is recovering. The other dog Jackson had a bullet injury to his ear. The church van had been headed to St. Louis for a meeting concerning the comfort dog ministry.

After firing at the van in an intersection, Mourning is alleged to have shot at a pickup truck. The driver was shot multiple times, has been hospitalized and is in serious but stable condition. A passenger in the truck was also wounded. According to a press conference, Joplin Police Chief Matt Stewart stated Mourning faces five counts of assault, five counts of armed criminal action and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon. Tom Mourning II

In a Facebook post to their followers and parishioners, the Immanuel Lutheran Church asked for prayers:

“Please keep the members of our Immanuel-Joplin Comfort Dog team in your prayers, as well as the other individuals involved in this morning’s shooting spree in Joplin. One of our members is in critical care after being shot in the lung. Another was shot in the arm. Another took glass fragments to the head. All are out of surgery and in stable condition. The other Comfort Dog team humans were not physically harmed… Our two Comfort Dogs Jackson and Louie, both sustained bullet wounds. Jackson was shot through the ear flap, and Louie in the neck. Louie is now out of surgery. The bullet slug was successfully removed… Please pray for the man who did this. We are thankful that he is in custody, and pray that he will receive the help that he needs, finding the grace and forgiveness that comes in Christ alone… Praise God that He has protected the people of our congregation and our city once again. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.”

Mourning II is being held in lieu of $1.3 million dollar bond.

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(Photos via screenshots NbcNews and Joplin Police Department)

 

  1. Barkley's Mom
    Barkley's Mom says:

    What is going on in this country! Is everyone nuts? Does everyone have to shoot someone with a gun? There needs to be stricter laws for gun ownership, the NRA can take their 2nd Amendment rights and stick them. I am not saying people shouldn’t be able to own guns, but the people doing this sort of thing need to be weeded out! I pray for the ones shot but I refuse to pray for the POS that shot them!

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  2. Penny's Dachshund
    Penny's Dachshund says:

    There has to be changes made in the country so the system can have better chances of keeping guns out of criminal, and mental ill individuals!!! I too believe in the right to own a gun and have the right! I too am an owner and have the permit to carry… I am sick of reading of the daily shooting!!!! Our Congressmen/women are being paid off by the NRA!!!

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  3. virginia green
    virginia green says:

    jail him for hurting 2 4legged kids wearing fur and the other humans also.plus let them in jail know why he is in there for also.make him pay the bills for all medcical care of the people and the 2 4 legged kids wearing fur also.

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