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HESSTON, Kan. (AP) : A sheriff says four people, including a gunman, are dead after a series of shootings in south-central Kansas.Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton gave the updated death count at a news conference Thursday night. Walton says all the dead were shot inside Excel Industries, which makes lawn mower products, in Hesston. He says law enforcement killed the suspect, who was an employee. He says 14 people were injured in the attacks, which took place at four locations.
Walton says the attacks occurred at a plant that manufactures lawn mower products, a parking lot outside the plant and two other locations. Walton says the attacks were connected and that the suspect traveled between the sites and fired from his car. An employee of the Kansas company where a gunman opened fire says he was in the plant during the shooting when he heard people yelling to get out of the building.
Martin Espinoza told The Associated Press he heard a popping sound and then saw the shooter, who Espinoza says was a co-worker. Espinoza says the shooter pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger, but the gun was empty. He says at that point, the shooter got a different gun and Martin took off running.
Walton says the scene at Excel Industries has been secured. A college near a Kansas company where authorities are responding to a shooting has been locked down. Jim Mason, Hesston College's director of facilities, says faculty and staff are being kept indoors as a precaution until it's clear a suspect is in custody.
The lockdown began at about 5:20 p.m. Thursday. Hesston is a few blocks from the Excel Industries plant where a Harvey County sheriff's dispatcher says a shooting occurred. Hesston College has about 450 students and is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA.Hesston is a community of about 3,700 residents about 35 miles north of Wichita.
KSN-TV cameras showed a large law enforcement presence at the facility and at least one person being loaded into an ambulance.