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Multiple Deaths, Injuries in Kansas Shooting Spree

In this photo provided by KWCH-TV, police vehicles line the road after reports of a shooting in Hesston, Kan., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.

A gunman in the central U.S. state of Kansas has killed three people at a manufacturing plant before he was killed in a shootout with police.

Authorities say the man began his shooting spree Thursday firing from his vehicle several kilometers before arriving at the Excel Industries plant where he worked, and continued shooting at people in the parking lot.

The gunman then entered the lawnmower manufacturer in the small town of Hesston, killing three people. At least 14 people were wounded at various locations.

The county sheriff said the number of victims could rise.

Local media identified the gunman as Cedric Ford, an employee at the factory who had posted on Facebook a picture of himself with an assault rifle.

The sheriff said state and federal authorities have been called in to assist with the investigation.