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Nine people have been murdered in southern Missouri Reuters

Nine people have died in an apparent mass murder in rural southern Missouri, Texas police have confirmed.

Eight people were shot by a gunman who was found dead in a parked vehicle in Shannon County, according to KSDK television.

County Sheriff James Sigman would not identify the 36-year-old shooter, while police were mobilised to the crime scenes, four of which are located in Tyrone and two others outside Texas County in Shannon County, about 40 miles north of the Arkansas border.

Neighbours have been told by the police to remain inside their homes and not open their doors to strangers.

Missouri State Highway Patrol released this statement:

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has established a mobile command post at Highways 137 and H. The Houston-Herald newspaper reported staff at schools were told to arrive early to counsel students.

The killings took place near to the popular Mark Twain National Forest, known for its hunting, camping, and river rafting. More information would be available at a news conference at the Texas County Justice Center in Houston later on 27 February.