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.

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.