Eyewitness accounts of shooting at Excel Industries


HESSTON, Kansas – Employees and witness accounts of the shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston where a gunman opened fire. Four people were killed and 14 were injured.

Here are the eyewitness accounts from KSN Interviews.

We were out back unloading pallets we heard a pop, pop and we thought it was metal falling on the ground.  Then the doors opened, people started screaming, coming out. Saying go to the front, go to the front, and then everyone turned around saying no he’s out front and everyone started going to the back right over here. Then me my boss and the other employee we work with was just standing back there. We really just didn’t know what was going on, and then everyone said there were gun shots and a shooter. We just kept hearing pop, pop, pop, and then this gentleman, I guess his name is Adam got shot.. I walked over and tried to help him as much as I could. He got shot twice in the chest, once in the arm, once in the leg. And I was just trying to help out the best I can. I mean I don’t even work for Excel/ I work for a different gentleman. We come up to Excel to pick up pallets and what not. I just wanted to help out the best I could and do what I could for him.”

-Dylan, Eyewitness

No. No. When I made it to the back parking lot, got to my truck and I was just panicking, crying, shaking, trying to get out of there because I didn’t know if he was going to come after me, or if there was more than one or what. I didn’t know. I didn’t know anything.”

-Donna, Eyewitness

I’ve seen a bunch of people running. They were yelling fire and we just took off running. Everybody was coming outside. There were gunshots, and this one guy got shot in the leg and he was walking. One of the Apexes got shot four times. Four other people I know got shot. It’s horrible. I had no idea what to do. We were hopping fences. Everybody was running, screaming. People were crying. We just didn’t know what to do. They started off by saying fire. We heard the gunshots and it wasn’t a fire.”

-Jordan, Eyewitness

When I heard it going off, I thought it was an explosion, like the oil or something a container was on fire. I saw a forklift driver running, and I heard Travis yelling run, run get out of here, a guy – a shooter, a shooter and I told the girls like let’s go, let’s go and we started running and then that’s when we saw the victim of the shooting, he got shot in the leg, and we got him and picked him and took him across the street to a trailer and started aiding him getting him blankets and stuff and taking care of his wound”

-Jared Trujillo, Eyewitness

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