1 dead, 1 hurt in apparent murder-suicide attempt

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 45-year-old southeast Missouri man shot and injured his mother, then turned the gun on himself.

The shootings happened Monday morning at a home in rural Cape Girardeau County. Police told the Southeast Missourian that Charlie Ussery died of a self-inflicted gunshot. His mother, 64-year-old Lana Ussery, is hospitalized in stable condition.

Coroner John Clifton says the mother and son may have been struggling over a gun.

The sheriff’s department received a series of hang-up calls from the residence about 3:50 a.m. A woman then called to say she had been shot. Witnesses who had been at the home told police they had witnessed a man shoot the woman, and then himself.

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Information from: (Cape Girardeau) Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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