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At least four people have died and another 20 have been wounded at a lawn mower factory in the central US state of Kansas. The gunman, a former employee, has been shot dead by authorities.
Authorities said on Thursday that the shooter launched his attacks in south-central Kansas at around 5 p.m. local time (2300 UTC) earlier that day.
Cedric Ford, 38, allegedly shot a truck driver in Newton, before shooting a second victim in the leg on the way to Excel Industries in nearby Hesston, where he openend fire in the factory’s parking lot.
The gunman entered the manufacturing plant and continued his shooting spree, the sheriff reported.
Death toll could rise
“This is just a horrible incident that happened here,” Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said, adding that the number of victims could possibly rise to seven.
“We want to know what triggered this. We need to know the history of the shooter, and then we have to try to heal,” he told local TV.
“Please send you thoughts and prayers to the people of Hesston tonight,” Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said in a statement.
Obama to tackle gun crime
Thursday’s shooting came less than a week after a Michigan man, who worked as a driver for taxi service Uber, was charged with killing six people during a shooting rampage. Authorities are yet to establish a motive for the killings.
US President Barack Obama last month announced a major initiative to tackle gun crime.