Mourning Pleads Not Guilty For Joplin Shooting
8/19: Tom S. Mourning II was formally arrainged today in a Jasper County Courtroom. According to court proceedings, Mourning entered a not guilty plea. The case is set for September 7, 2016 @ 9 AM.
The adult male shooting victim from the Immanuel Lutheran Church van, Kenneth Eby, has been upgraded from critical to stable condition. The suspect and his dad were the only two in the residence at 1810 S Connecticut at the time of the initial shooting. We confirmed that shots were fired inside the residence by the suspect. The dad fled the residence on foot to Casey’s at 20th and Connecticut where dispatch was called. There were no injuries at the residence.
There is no information at this time to indicate that any of the shooting victims were specifically targeted.
Timothy Mozolik, was the male, child-passenger in the Immanuel Lutheran Church van. He was taken to a local hospital overnight after the discovery of a three-inch laceration and bruising that is consistent with a graze wound. He was treated and released.
The Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office has filed the following charges against Tom S. Mourning II, 26, Joplin, Mo.:
Assault 1st Degree (3 Counts) Armed Criminal Action (3 Counts) Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 Counts)
Mourning’s Jasper County Bond is set at $1,000000.00 as follows: $750,000.00 surety plus $250,000.00 cash.
All aspects of the shooting incident occurred inside the city limits of Joplin. However, parts of the incident occurred in Newton County and parts of it occurred in Jasper County.
The Newton County Prosecutor’s Office has filed the following charges against Tom S. Mourning II, 26, Joplin, Mo.:
Assault 1st Degree (2 Counts) Armed Criminal Action (2 Counts) Unlawful Use of a Weapon (1 Count)
Mourning’s Newton County bond is set at $300,000.00 cash only.
Update and correction #3
Five people and two service-dogs occupied the Immanuel Lutheran Church van.
Vicki Eby- Front seat passenger of Immanuel Lutheran Church van was not injured. Karen Mech was a back seat passenger of the Immanuel Lutheran Church van. She received minor injuries (shrapnel/glass cut injuries.) A bullet grazed one dog. The second dog sustained a gunshot injury and is undergoing surgery.
The identity of the victims and their respective injuries are as follows:
Kenneth Eby- driver of Immanuel Lutheran Church van – multiple gunshot wounds- critical but stable. Vicki Eby- Front seat passenger of Immanuel Lutheran Church van -minor injuries (shrapnel/cuts) (see correction in update #3) Heidi Gustin- back seat-passenger of Immanuel Lutheran Church van – gun shot would to the arm- serious but non-life threatening Donal Pugh- driver of truck at 32nd St. and Texas Ave.- multiple gunshot wounds- serious but stable condition Debbie Pugh- passenger in truck at 32nd St. and Texas Ave.- minor injuries- shrapnel/cuts
August 13, 2016, at 5:08 AM, Joplin Police responded to 1810 S. Connecticut Ave. in reference to a report of a subject shooting at that location.
Officers located a possible suspect vehicle southbound on Connecticut Ave. As they were preparing to engage in a vehicle stop, the sole occupant and operator of the vehicle fired shots striking victims at 32nd St. and Connecticut Ave. The officers engaged in pursuit of the suspect during which the suspect fired shots at victims near 32nd St. and Texas Ave.
At 5:22 AM, the pursuit ended at 32nd St. and Pearl Ave. where the suspect submitted to arrest without further resistance.
Multiple victims from each location were transported to local hospitals. At this time, there have been no fatalities as a result of this incident.
Crime scenes are being held at 1810 S. Connecticut, 32nd St. and Connecticut Ave., and 32nd St. and Texas Ave. The investigation continues.
At 9:30 AM, there will be a press conference in the lobby of the Joplin Police Department.