Multiple People, Including Gunman, Dead After Series of Shootings in Kansas; At Least 20 People Injured


Multiple people have died in a series of shootings at three sites near Hesston, Kansas, including a lawn care products factory, authorities said Thursday night.

The alleged shooter, an employee of Excel Industries in Hesston, is dead, and did not take his own life, Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said. Three to four people are dead and up to 20 people are hurt, Walton said during a news conference Thursday.

One shooting took place in Newton, Kansas, with someone in a truck suffering a gun shot wound to the shoulder, Walton said. Another person was shot in the leg at another site, Walton said. One person in the parking lot of the Excel site and the remainder inside the factory, Walton said.

There are about four or five crime scenes in Newton, Harvey County, and Excel in Hesston, Walton said.

Hesston College nearby was on lockdown in the wake of the incident but that has not been lifted, Walton said.

“This is just a horrible incident that’s happened here … please bear with us as we try to get through this,” Walton said. “There’s going to be a lot of sad people before this is all over.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Melanie Eversley