Los Angeles: As many as 20 are injured and three to four are dead, including the suspect, when a gunman opened fire at a lawn mower factory in a small Kansas town.
Harvey County Sheriff T Walton said the number of victims could possibly rise to seven, adding that the gunman, an employee at Excel Industries, was among the dead.
"This is just a horrible incident that happened here. There's going to be a lot of sad people before this is all over. The shooter has been shot and killed. Authorities killed him. He's an Excel employee," Walton said.
Local media identified the gunman as Cedric Ford, who worked as a painter at the factory and had posted a picture of himself on Facebook with an assault rifle.
Witnesses reported seeing the gunman first shoot a woman in the parking lot of the factory before entering the assembly area and opening fire.
Walton, meanwhile, said at least two of the victims were shot by the gunman on the street before he reached the Excel factory. He said one was shot in the shoulder and one in the leg.
"We want to know what triggered this. We need to know the history of the shooter, and then we have to try to heal," Walton said.
The victims were transported to area hospitals as family members rushed to the factory for news of their loved ones.
One man, who was inside the plant when the shooting took place, said people ran for their lives as the gunman sprayed the assembly area with an AK-47 and a 9mm gun.
With Agency Inputs