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Four Killed, 14 Injured in Rural Kansas Shooting


"Please send your thoughts and prayers to the people of Hesston tonight."

UPDATE: 9:00 p.m. ET: 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.

Authorities in a small Kansas town responded to a shooting late Thursday afternoon that left "as many as three to four" dead and up to 20 injured, police said.

The suspected male gunman was shot and killed by responding officers, according to Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton. A motive was not immediately clear.

Walton said there were a "number of crime scenes," including Excel Industries in Hesston where a large law-enforcement presence remained on scene.

Following the shooting, Kansas officials offered their prayers for those in the area.

Hesston is a community of about 3,700 residents about 35 miles north of Wichita.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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