Emergency Preparedness and Response

Gunman Kills 3 at Town’s Major Employer

On the heels of the recent shooting rampage by an Uber driver in Michigan, an assembly-line painter at the Excel Industries lawn mower manufacturing plant in Hesston, Kansas, killed 3 and injured 14 in a shooting spree.

Most victims were the suspect’s coworkers. According to Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton, about 150 people were working at the plant at the time of the shooting. Authorities arrived within minutes of the reported shootings. The first police officer on the scene shot the gunman dead.

Workplace violence is a growing problem in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 2 million workers are injured every year, and more than 800 die as a result of workplace violence. This has a devastating effect on the productivity of a business and on employees’ quality of life.

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