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Neosho Reeling Following Deadly Church Shootin

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Three people are dead and as many as 10 people are wounded following a shooting today at a church in Southwest Missouri. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

The 911 call came in just before 2 o'clock Sunday...There were reports that someone was firing a gun inside the First Congregational Church in Neosho, Missouri.

Law enforcement arrived and discovered a man was holding between 25 and 50 people hostage.

City spokeswoman Desiree (RAY) Bridges says the authorities acted quickly once they arrived at the church.

"The Neosho Police Department was able to gain access to the basement of the church and then secured the area without the shooter knowing that they were there. The hostage negotiator was able to speak with the shooter between five and ten minutes. He then handed himself over to officials."

Bridges says the community is in shock but realizes it could have been much worse.

"Our agencies all responded very well and expedited the situation. It didn't go on for hours and hours. We're real proud of the fact that the Neosho Police and the Sheriff's Department were able to work quickly to apprehend the suspect."

Though there's no motive at this time, Bridges says it's believed that the gunman is related to someone in the congregation.

Charges are pending and are expected to be formally announced later this morning along with the names of the wounded and dead.