HESSTON, Kansas -Multiple people were killed Thursday in a series of shootings that ended at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas, Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton told reporters.
The suspected shooter, an employee at Excel, was killed.
Walton ruled out terrorism as a motive in Thursday’s shootings.
“There was some things that triggered this particular individual,” he said, declining to discuss what those things were.
The gunman had a “long gun, something like an assault rifle,” Walton told reporters. He said the shooter is also believed to have had a pistol.
“There could be as many as three or four others (dead), and possibly up to 20 people that have been injured,” Walton said.
The sheriff told reporters that authorities first received a report of a man having been shot while driving. Second, a person was reported shot in the leg. Third, a report came in about a shooting in the parking lot of Excel. Finally, an active shooter was reported inside the workplace, Walton said.
The shooter was not identified.
“This will take some time to worth through this,” Walton said, citing the large number of crime scenes and people involved.
“This is just a horrible incident that’s happened here,” the sheriff said. “It’s going to be a lot of sad people before this is all over.”