Six people were killed and others wounded after a gunman opened fire at a city council meeting in Kirkwood, Mo., just outside of St. Louis. After first killing a police officer in the parking lot, the gunman proceeded into city hall, shooting another police officer and then entering the meeting room and killing three city officials. There were said to have been 30 people at the meeting, some saying they heard 15 shots, maybe more. Some threw chairs at the gunman in an attempt to subdue him. The gunman, later identified as Charles "Cookie" Thornton, was then shot and killed by police. The spokeswoman for the St. Louis County police said, “We have what we believe to be our suspect. We do feel like we have everyone accounted for.” Thornton was known to have a troubled history with city officials.
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