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Multiple deaths in Kansas shooting
« on: February 25, 2016, 07:47:36 PM »
www.yahoo.com/news/shooting-reported-kansas-business-000917542.html

County sheriff: Multiple deaths, injuries Kansas attacks
ROXANA HEGEMAN,Associated Press

 HESSTON, Kan. (AP) — A county sheriff said Thursday it is possible "as many" as three to four people are dead, including a suspect, and up to 20 people may be injured after a series of shootings in south-central Kansas.

Sheriff T. Walton said at a news conference Thursday evening there are "a number of crime scenes involved," including the Excel Industries plant in Hesston, north of Wichita, which manufactures lawn mower products. The suspect, who was an Excel employee, was fatally shot by authorities.

The sheriff said a shooting also took place in the plant parking lot and two other locations nearby. The scene at Excel Industries has been secured, he said.

Walton said he couldn't give an exact number of people killed and injured.

"We want to get everybody identified. We're working on that," Walton said.

The shooting comes less than a week after authorities say a man opened fire at several locations in Kalamazoo, Michigan, leaving six people dead and two severely wounded.

Walton said a lot was still unknown about the Kansas attacks. He did not explicitly say whether the shootings were related.

"I don't have a lot of answers," Walton said.

Martin Espinoza, who works at Excel, was in the plant during the shooting. He heard people yelling to others to get out of the building, then heard popping, then saw the shooter, a co-worker he described as typically pretty calm.

Espinoza told The Associated Press the shooter pointed a gun at him and pulled the trigger, but the gun was empty. At that point, the shooter got a different gun and Martin took off running.

"I looked right at him and he looked right at me," Espinoza said.

KSN-TV footage showed a large law enforcement presence at Excel Industries and at least one person being loaded into an ambulance. A college nearby was briefly locked down.

Hesston is a community of about 3,700 residents about 35 miles north of Wichita. Excel Industries was awarded the Governor's Exporter of the Year award in 2013 from the Kansas Department of Commerce. The company manufactures Hustler and Big Dog mowing equipment and was founded in Hesston in 1960.

Walton said the FBI and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation had been called in to assist.

A spokeswoman for the Kansas City office of the FBI did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday night.

Eileen Hawley, spokeswoman for Gov. Sam Brownback, said Brownback is being briefed by the Kansas Highway Patrol's superintendent. She had no further information

"This is just a horrible incident. ... There's going to be a lot of sad people before this is all over," Walton said.

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Associated Press writers John Hanna in Topeka, Kansas, and Maria Fisher in Kansas City, Missouri, contributed to this report.

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Re: Multiple deaths in Kansas shooting
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2016, 08:12:26 AM »
According to the linked report, the shooter was issued a restraining order hours before the shooting. Also, he was an employee at the plant. Additionally, the report included the fact that he had an "assault rifle" and a handgun.  This adds more fuel to the anti-gun fire, of course, and will be politically-capitalized on in short order.

Of course, it has to be assumed that the business is a "No Gun Zone."

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/kansas-shooter-issued-restraining-order-killings-cops/story?id=37214171
The fact that the GOVERNMENT would even consider removing the natural right to bear arms is the very reason why the 2nd Amendment was written.

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Re: Multiple deaths in Kansas shooting
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2016, 06:50:59 PM »
Add to that a long and checkered criminal past. From what I have been hearing you are correct on the R. O. and him being an employee at the plant.

Body count must have not been high enough for O to shed a few crocodile tears. But that has not stopped him from whining.

From some of the things I have read, the plant was indeed a target rich environment for this person, i.e. gun free.

The cop that went in and put an end to this has big brass ones as far as I am concerned. He took fire and returned fire and put this thing down. I ever meet the man I will at least offer to by him a beer.

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Re: Multiple deaths in Kansas shooting
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2016, 10:40:21 PM »
Pardon me for asking, but, if this guy had a criminal record, how was he able to buy a gun?
Didn't the absolutely-necessary-for-our-safety, background-check system spit him out?

I thought that our government had promised to keep us safe.
Were they lying?

I'm so confused!
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Re: Multiple deaths in Kansas shooting
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2016, 10:56:44 PM »
I'm sure they  (the government controlled <well, influenced> media) will fill us in...in due time.

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Re: Multiple deaths in Kansas shooting
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2016, 08:04:53 AM »
Pardon me for asking, but, if this guy had a criminal record, how was he able to buy a gun?
Didn't the absolutely-necessary-for-our-safety, background-check system spit him out?

I thought that our government had promised to keep us safe.
Were they lying?

I'm so confused!

He was supplied by x-girlfriend. She has been charged.


http://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article62778402.html
FEBRUARY 26, 2016 5:57 PM

Woman charged with giving guns to Hesston shooter
BY AMY RENEE LEIKER

A Newton woman is facing a federal charge after authorities said she is suspected of giving Cedric Ford the two weapons he used to shoot 17 people in Hesston on Thursday.

Sarah Jo Hopkins, 28, is the mother of Ford’s 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, according to court records obtained by The Eagle on Friday afternoon. She was charged with one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in an e-mailed news release Friday.

An affidavit filed in the case alleges Hopkins knew of Ford’s criminal history – or had reason to think he had one – including his felony convictions, which barred him from possessing firearms.

She is accused in the document of giving him the Zastava Serbia AK-47-type semi-automatic rifle and the Glock Model 22 .40-caliber handgun he was carrying when he embarked on Thursday’s shooting spree.

Ford was shot and killed by Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder after opening fire after 5 p.m. Thursday at Hesston lawn-care equipment factory Excel Industries, where he worked as a painter. The shooting left three others dead and 14 people wounded.

According to the affidavit, Hopkins said during an interview with law enforcement Friday that she:

▪ Was in a relationship with Ford and lived with him in Newton for period of time

▪ Bought both weapons at A Pawn Shop, 519 N. Main in Newton, in March 2014

▪ Moved out of their home in July 2015 but left the guns with Ford

▪ Retrieved the guns from the house with help of Newton Police less than a month later “because she had purchased the weapons and they belonged to her”

▪ Gave the guns back to Ford later that month “because Ford had threatened her.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent who wrote the affidavit also said in the document he spoke Friday with the Newton police officers who helped retrieved the two guns with Hopkins. They said Hopkins, at the time, told them Ford was a convicted felon and that barred him from possessing them, the affidavit said.

The special agent also interviewed an employee of A Pawn Shop who said that after Hopkins bought the weapons, she placed them back in pawn. According to the affidavit, she paid the fee on the Zastava Serbia AK-47 and retrieved it on Feb. 5 – 20 days before Ford’s shooting spree. The affidavit didn’t make clear when the Glock was taken out of pawn.

A man who answered the door at Hopkins’ address in Newton on Friday afternoon confirmed that she lived at the house but said she was not home at the time.

He shook his head and said “I don’t want to talk to you” when an Eagle reporter introduced herself. He then shut the door.

Attempts to contact Hopkins by phone Friday were unsuccessful.

Hopkins was booked into Sedgwick County Jail at 5:38 p.m. Friday, an online roster of inmates shows, and is being held without bond.

Grissom said Hopkins faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 if she’s convicted.

Hopkins, on an online resume, says she works as a teacher for an area child-care facility. She is also a former Excel Industries employee, the resume says.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article62778402.html#storylink=cpy







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Re: Multiple deaths in Kansas shooting
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2016, 10:18:06 AM »
A felon with guns in a "Gun Free Zone!" Now, who would have imagined that happening?

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The fact that the GOVERNMENT would even consider removing the natural right to bear arms is the very reason why the 2nd Amendment was written.