Two Monks, Shooter Die in Gunfire

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A gunman opened fire shortly after 8:30 a.m. Monday at a Benedictine abbey in northwest Missouri, killing two monks before taking his own life.

Two other people were wounded in the shooting at the Conception Abbey Benedictine monastery, about 90 miles north of Kansas City.

No names have been released, but the shooter has been identified as a 71-year-old Kearney man. His body was found in a chapel with two weapons -- an AK47 assault rifle and a sawed-off 22-caliber rifle.

Kearney is about 70 miles south of the Abbey. Nodaway County Sheriff Ben Espey said the shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers were sent to the Kearney home with a search warrant.

The Reverend Abbot Gregory Polan said one of the monks was 64 and the other was in his 80s.