This is a developing story. Stay with this post for more information. All times Eastern.
UPDATE 7:42PM: 2-3 people deceased. Possibly as many as 20 injured. Lockdowns in the area have been lifted.
UPDATE 7:41PM: Sheriff – Shooter has been shot and killed. He is an Excel employee. Sheriff confirms fatalities.
UPDATE 7:17PM: An employee witness said the shooter may still be inside of the Excel facility.
UPDATE 7:16PM: An employee who witnessed the shooting told local media that she did not recognize the shooter. She described him as “dark complexioned and wearing a muscle shirt”. She said he was shooting people seemingly at random.
UPDATE 7:10PM: Authorities have called for additional ambulances from surrounding counties, implying there could be more victims than initially reported.
UPDATE 7:03PM: Hesston College has been placed on lockdown. Local news media is reporting a possible second shooting that may or may not be related.
UPDATE 7:02PM: At least three patients are said to be en route to an area trauma center.
UPDATE 7:01PM: Some witnesses have told local newscasters that as many as nine people may have been shot. 20-30+ first responders on scene.
UPDATE 6:56PM: Businesses in the area have been locked down.
UPDATE 6:54PM: Updated reports (unconfirmed) say 5 shot, 2 dead and suspect at large. Conflicting reports say suspect is neutralized.
According to several local media outlets and witnesses on social media a mass shooting situation has taken place at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas.
Initial reports seem to indicate that there are multiple victims, condition unknown and the shooter is either dead or under arrest.