Officers are still trying to determine why Tom Mourning II, 26, went on a shooting spree early Saturday morning. He has been charged with multiple counts in both Newton and Jasper counties. Police say Mourning and his father were the only two people in a home at 1810 South Connecticut when the initial shooting happened. Officers say Mourning fired shots inside the house. His father fled to a nearby gas station, where he called 911.
According to police, after Mourning fired the shots, he got into his vehicle, fled from police and randomly opened fire on the road. He hit four victims and two service dogs who were inside a church van at the corner of 32nd and Connecticut. Mourning later hit two people inside a truck at the corner of 32nd and Texas. He was eventually taken into custody after hitting a Jeep at the intersection of 30th and Pearl.
Joplin police say victim, Kenneth Eby, was shot while inside the church van and has been upgraded from critical to stable condition as of Monday. The other victims received non-life threatening injuries.