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Not many details on the shooting but it's close to home for me now. 6 people have bee killed including the gunman 2 officers dead. Nobody is giving information the mayor it was a city council meeting. Mainly my reason for the post is just pray for the families of everyone killed and involved with this.
 

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Six People, Including Two Police Officers, Dead in Kirkwood Shooting
Last Edited: Thursday, 07 Feb 2008, 10:36 PM CST
Created: Thursday, 07 Feb 2008, 7:18 PM CST

(KTVI - myFOXstl.com) --

Six people were killed, including the shooter and two officers, after a gunman opened fire at a meeting of the Kirkwood City Council in suburban St. Louis Thursday night.

Two police officers and three people attending the meeting were killed after the gunman rushed the council chambers and began firing as he yelled "Shoot the mayor!", according to St. Louis County Police spokeswoman Tracy Panus. Two others were wounded.

The gunman was fatally shot by Kirkwood police.

Panus said the gunman killed one officer outside the city hall, then walked into the chambers and shot another. He continued firing in the chambers, killing three attendees and wounding two others, she said. Names of the victims were not released.

Reporter Janet McNichols, who was covering the meeting for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said the 7 p.m. meeting with about 30 people had just started when the shooter rushed into the council chambers and began opening fire with at least one weapon. He started yelling "shoot the mayor" while walking around and firing, hitting police officer Tom Ballman in the head, she said.

The shooter then went after Public Works Director Kenneth Yost, who was sitting in front of Kirkwood Mayor Mike Swoboda, and shot Yost in the head, McNichols said.

McNichols also said the shooter fired at City Attorney John Hessel, who tried to fight off the attacker by throwing chairs. The shooter then moved behind the desk where the council sits and fired more shots at council members.

McNichols said Swoboda, and council members Michael H.T. Lynch and Connie Karr also were hit. She identified the as Charles Lee "Cookie" Thornton, a man she knows from covering the council. McNichols said Thornton was often a contentious presence; he had twice been convicted of disorderly conduct for disrupting meetings in May 2006.

Most of Thornton's ire was directed at the mayor and Yost, she said.

Dozens of emergency vehicles were on the scene and an area of several blocks was cordoned off along a busy north-south corridor around the city hall.

Kirkwood is about 20 miles southwest of downtown St. Louis, just inside the I-270 loop. City Hall is located in a quiet area filled with condominiums, eateries and shops, and is not far from a dance studio and train station.

Mary Linehares, a teacher who lives about four blocks from City Hall, described the town as quiet and eclectic after walking down to the scene with her husband.
 

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Sad to hear Bud!!! Sorry for losses of the Police Officers and the innocent individuals!!! What is coming to this World???
 
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