Theater shooting kills Missouri Southern football coach

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    JOPLIN, MO (CNN) -- A shooting outside a Missouri movie theatre killed a Missouri Southern State University football coach and sent another man to jail. Now the team is mourning and people say they're shocked to have witnessed the crime.

    A Friday night trip to the movies turned dangerous for people outside the Northstar 14 theater in Joplin. Witness Quinten Kester says, "I was right here when the shooting started with my 2 seven year old sons."

    Kester had just finished watching a movie with his boys when a shooting happened about 50 feet from where they were standing. He says, "I heard one then I looked over my shoulder as he's firing the other 2 shots and the individual was going down."

    The victim was 37-year-old Derek Moore. Authorities say he died at a local hospital shortly after being shot. It's a crime police suspect was committed by 39-year-old Jeffery Brunner who is now behind bars in the jasper county jail. Dr. Alan Marble, MSSU Interim President, says, "You never expect something like this to happen and at the time right before homecoming and it's just complete shock and sort of a surreal moment."

    Moore was a Football coach at Missouri Southern State University. Because of last night's shooting the homecoming game has been postponed and all homecoming activities have been canceled. Marble says, "Players love him and his fellow coaches love him and it's just a heartbreaking time that they're gonna have to go through. They're going through it as a team though. They're going through it as a family and they will get through it."

    Police say no one else besides the victim was injured. They have not yet officially released a possible motive for this crime. Marble says, "This is not something you think is going to happen in small town America and especially more horrific that I had my children with me and that there were other children that had came to see the different movies here."


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