Feb 25, 2016 8:17 PM by NBC News
A gunman was dead and as many as 20 other people could be injured after a series of shootings Thursday in rural Kansas, authorities said. The sheriff said it was possible that up to four people may be dead but that those reports hadn't been confirmed.
"We have so many crime scenes," Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said at a news briefing Thursday evening in Hesston, where the incidents ended at Excel Industries, a lawn care company.
The gunman was an Excel employee, Walton said.
Walton said there could be as many as four crime scenes — the Excel facility, another location in Hesston, where a person was shot in the leg, the town of Newton, where a man was shot in the shoulder, and a fourth location.
Walton said he couldn't provide much more information, including exactly how many people were dead.
"This is just a horrible incident," he said. "Please bear with us. Be sensitive."
The Excel shooting occurred shortly after 5 p.m. (6 p.m. ET) at the facility about 30 miles north of Wichita. Hesston College, a two-year institution a few blocks away, was in lockdown for about two hours.
Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita told NBC News it was treating six patients, five of them seriously injured. Wesley Hospital in Wichita said it also was treating three patients. Their conditions weren't yet known.