[UPDATE 2/26] Workplace Shooting Leaves 4-7 Dead, 20-30 Wounded Tonight, Says Sheriff in Kansas
A mass shooting took place earlier this evening in Kansas. Four to seven people are believed dead and 20 to 30 are wounded after a lone gunman struck at several locations, according to the Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton. The gunman was eventually killed by law enforcement at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas.
The Harvey County Sheriff’s Office released this information,
Around 5pm tonight, there was an active shooter situation that began aound the area of 12th and meridian in Newton where shots were reported. There were also reports of shots fired at Meridian and Hesston Rd as well as an active shooter situation in Excel Industries. The shooter at Excel Industries has been shot and killed. There have been numerous shooting victims as well as some fatalities. Families are currently being notified by emergency personnel. We will update you with more information as it becomes available
Seen on live tv, Sheriff Walton says, “Any place that thinks it can’t happen here, you’ve got to wake up.”
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UPDATE 7:43 p.m.: Press release from the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office:
Law enforcement from multiple agencies continue to investigate a mass shooting early this evening in Harvey County. Four are dead, including the shooter, and 14 were injured, 10 critically.
Officials are working to identify all victims and notify family members. Family reunification and assistance is available at Hesston High School.
At about 5 p.m. today, law enforcement received a report of a shooting from a vehicle near 12th and Meridian in Newton. A male victim had been shot in the shoulder.
Shortly after that, a report came in of another shooting at Meridian and Hesston Road, where a victim had been shot in the leg.
The shooter proceeded north to Excel Industries in Hesston, where one person was shot in the parking lot before he opened fire inside the building. He was seen entering the building with a long gun.
An officer responding to the scene exchanged fire with the shooter, who was killed. The officer was not injured.
The shooter was an employee of Excel industries. His name has not yet been released. Police do not yet have any information about potential motives for the shooting.
Fifteen ambulances and two helicopters responded to the incident. Patients were transported to Wesley Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center in Wichita and to Newton Medical Center.
Responding agencies include Harvey County Sheriffs Office, Hesston Police, Newton police, KBI, Kansas Highway Patrol, FBI, ATF, Harvey County Coroner, and multiple fire and EMS agencies.
Excel industries will remain shut down during the investigation, which could be lengthy.
Additional information will be available at a news briefing at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow in the training room at Harvey County Sheriffs Office, 120 E. 7th Street in Newton.
UPDATE 2/26: This is a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
WICHITA, KAN. – A criminal charge filed Friday alleges a Kansas woman unlawfully transferred guns to a convicted felon who was killed Thursday in a shootout with police in Hesston, Kan., U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Sarah T. Hopkins, 28, Newton, Kan., is charged with one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon. An affidavit filed in the case alleges Hopkins knew Cedric Ford was a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing a firearm when she gave him a Zastava Serbia, AK-47 type semi-automatic rifle and a Glock Model 22 40-caliber handgun.
Cedric had the guns when he was shot and killed by police Thursday after they were called to a shooting incident at Excel Industries in Hesston.
If convicted, Hopkins faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Hesston Police Department, the Harvey County Sheriff’s Department, the Newton Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind are prosecuting.