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      Shooter dies of self-inflicted wound

      The U.S. Postal Service says a man who shot himself after wounding an employee at a northwest Missouri post office has died.

      The shootings occurred Wednesday at the post office in Hale, about 75 miles northeast of Kansas City.

      Acting postmaster Michelle Bell was wounded in the shooting and was flown to a hospital. The 42-year-old Hale resident was in stable condition Thursday.

      The Postal Service said the suspect, Billy Bell, was taken to another hospital and died Thursday.

      Authorities did not disclose the relationship between the Bells. But Missouri's online court records show that a judge finalized a divorce Tuesday between Michelle Bell, of Hale, and Billy Gene Bell, of nearby Bosworth, where Michelle Bell previously worked as the postmaster.