A gunman opened fire in multiple locations at a Kansas business on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in shootings that killed at least four and injured many others. These incidences were part of a widespread series of attacks. Law enforcement officials said several people, including the gunman, were killed in the attacks that took place in Hesston, Kansas, which is located 35 miles north of Wichita.
The mass shootings ended at Excel Industries, a lawn-mowing equipment manufacturer, which employed the gunman at the Excel plant in Hesston, Kansas. Police have identified the shooter, who was killed by police at the scene, but were not releasing his name. There was no information regarding how long the gunman had worked at Excel or if he had recently been fired.
Initial reports about the Kansas shootings, which killed at least four and injured many others, came in at around 5 p.m. CST about a man who was shot in the shoulder while in his truck in nearby Newton, Kansas. A second report followed regarding a gunshot victim who was wounded in the leg at a different location. A third report detailed a shooting in Excel’s parking lot, followed by the report of an active shooter in the Excel facility. According to authorities, the earlier shootings were linked to the later rampage at Excel. The gunman was traveling and shooting from his vehicle.
Reports indicate that authorities have identified the gunman but they are not releasing his name at this time. While officials would not confirm a motive or identify the gunman, they did say authorities do not believe the shooting was related to terrorism.
While the investigation into the Kansas shootings which killed at least four and injured many others is ongoing, the total number of casualties is still undetermined and the gunman’s identity is being withheld by law enforcement.
Written and Edited by Leigh Haugh
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