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UPDATED: Shooting Leaves Three Dead at Goobertown

JUNE 3, 2007- UPDATED at 2:07 p.m.

GOOBERTOWN, AR 2:07 p.m.- Investigator Ron Richardson says police received a 911 call saying a woman was lying in blook in the doorway of the home.  Richardson says that's where deputies found 23-year-old Treva Moss dead.

In tthe living room, Richardson says deputies found the bodies of 28-year-old Michael Cole and 50-year-old Beverly Smith. 

GOOBERTOWN, AR 7:45 a.m.- Craighead County sheriff's deputies say three people died Sunday afternoon in what appeared to be a mass shooting inside a home just north of Brookland, near Goobertown.

Investigator Gary Etter says a 911 call brought deputies to a home three miles south of the Craighead-Greene County line off of U.S. 49, on Craighead County Road 960.  Etter says deputies found three people dead inside, a 28-year-old man and two women, ages 23 and 50.  The victims have since been identified as 23-year-old Treva Moss, 28-year-old Michael Cole and 50-year-old Beverly Smith.  Moss was reportedly found lying in a doorway of the home, while the bodies of Cole and Smith were found in the home's living room.  Deputies also found a handgun and spent shell casings at the scene.

Etter says there were no signs of forced entry in the house and deputies are not sure if another person was involved.  The investigator says deputies had no motive for the slayings, saying the shooting likely took place sometime after 3:30 p.m.

The three bodies will be sent to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for autopsies.

There are visible blood stains on and around a door facing of the home, which is surrounded by police crime scene tape.  Investigators have also used metal detectors in and around the home while looking for bullets and/or shell casings.  Investigators are expected to resume their investigation today.

A dispatcher and an officer at the Craighead County jail declined to immediately comment on the deaths this morning.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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