5 wounded in pair of apparently random shootings in Missouri

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JOPLIN, Mo. — Authorities in Joplin, Missouri, have identified five people wounded in apparently random shootings as they sat in their vehicles early today.

Police said in a statement that Kenneth Eby; his wife, Vicki Eby; and Heidi Gustin of Joplin’s Immanuel Lutheran Church were sitting in a church van at a traffic light when they were shot. They were headed to St. Louis for a meeting about the church’s Comfort Dog ministry. Two dogs were also wounded.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://j.mp/2beO4t1 ) Kenneth Eby is in critical but stable condition. Vicki Eby sustained minor injuries. Gustin has injuries considered serious but not life-threatening.

Two other victims were shot in their pickup. They are identified as Donal Pugh, who’s in serious but stable condition, and Debbie Pugh, who sustained minor injuries.

A 26-year-old suspect is in custody.