Gunman Kills 2 Monks, Then Self, at Missouri Monastery

CONCEPTION, Missouri, JUNE 10, 2002 ( A 71-year-old man opened fire at a Benedictine monastery, killing two monks and wounding two other people before taking his own life, authorities said, according to the Associated Press.

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The body of the gunman was found today in the chapel at the Conception Abbey Benedictine monastery, a Missouri State Highway Patrol official told AP. The official said the man shot himself to death after shooting the others.

Authorities were seeking a motive. Father Gregory Polan, the abbot, said he was shown a driver´s license of the shooter and that «we have no sense of who this man is,» AP reported.

The gunman´s name was not released. Nor were the names of the two dead monks — a 64-year-old and an octogenarian — immediately released.

Father Polan said monks heard noises about 8:40 a.m. and barred themselves in their rooms when they realized a gun was being fired, AP said.

The abbey´s seminary college is the biggest priestly training center in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

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