Two people dead, one in serious condition after shooting at Superior grain elevator

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SUPERIOR, Neb. (KLKN)– A worker at a grain elevator in Superior is dead, and another is in serious condition after a former employee opened fire inside the facility Thursday afternoon, Nuckolls County Sheriff Brad Baker told ABC News. The shooter is also dead.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. CT at the Agrex, Inc. grain elevator. The facility is located at 1401 E. 3rd Street in Superior.  One of the two victims was flown to a hospital in Lincoln and “is not in good shape,” said Baker.

A preliminary investigation has identified the shooter as Max Hoskinson, 61, of Superior. Hoskinson’s employment with Agrex had been terminated earlier in the day.

Shortly before 2:00 p.m., Hoskinson returned to Agrex with a handgun and opened fire, striking three individuals. An employee then retrieved a shotgun from an office and returned fire, striking Hoskinson.

One of the victims shot by Hoskinson has been pronounced deceased at the scene. Another has been transported by life-flight to Bryan Health West Campus in Lincoln with life-threatening injuries. The third victim has been treated and released from the hospital in Superior. Hoskinson was transported to the hospital in Superior and was pronounced deceased.

The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating, with assistance from the Nuckolls County Sheriff’s Office, Superior Police Department, and Nuckolls County Attorney’s Office. The investigation is ongoing. Further information will be released when possible.

Governor Pete Ricketts released a statement about the attack.  “The news of the attack on Agrex Elevator in Superior is shocking and devastating.  Susanne and I are praying for the victims of the attack.  The Nebraska State Patrol is leading the investigation,” he wrote.

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