UPDATE: Four dead, including shooter, in Hesston shooting

By Chris Swick
February 25, 2016

UPDATE -- 10 p.m.

HESSTON -- Four are dead, including the shooter, and another 14 are wounded following a mass shooting early Thursday evening in Hesston.

Harvey County Sheriff T Walton said in a 9 p.m. press conference in Hesston the incident began at about 5 p.m. Thursday when an as-yet unidentified male shot a male victim from a vehicle near 12th and Meridian in Newton. That was followed by another report of a shooting at Meridian and Hesston Road, where a second victim was shot in the leg.

The shooter then preceded north to Excel Industries in Hesston, where one person was shot in the parking lot before the shooter entered the building and opened fire.

A responding Hesston Police officer exchanged fire with the shooter, who was then killed. The officer was not wounded and Walton said his actions "saved a lot of lives."

The shooter's name has not yet been released by law enforcement, nor has a motive been revealed, though the did confirm he was an employee of Excel. That was confirmed by Paul Mullet, Excel Industries President and CEO, who also said the shooter was a current employee.

Responding agencies include the Harvey County Sheriff's Office, Hesston Police, Newton Police, KBI, Kansas Highway Patrol, FBI, ATF, Harvey County Coroner and multiple fire and EMS agencies.

More information is hoped to be made available during an 8:30 a.m. press conference Friday morning at teh Harvey County Sheriff's Office in Newton.

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ORIGINAL

HESSTON -- Several people are dead and numerous others injured after a shooter opened fire at Excel Industries in Hesston earlier this evening.

Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said during a media briefing at 6:30 p.m. that between 4-7 people are dead, including the shooter, himself. That shooter has been identified by KWCH News as Cedric Ford, though law enforcement has not confirmed that as of 7:45 p.m.

An unknown number of injured have been transported to area hospitals in the wake of the shooting, which was reported just a little after 5 p.m. this evening.

A second media briefing is slated for 9 p.m. KBBE News will continue to follow this story as it continues to break.


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