Eight Hesston shooting victims continue recovery while company helps grieving employees

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HESSTON, Kan. -- It's been four days since a gunman opened fire at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kan., killing three people and injuring 14 others. The lawnmower products company remained closed on Monday, but the company offered counseling services to its employees.

Of the 14 injured in the shooting Thursday, eight remained in area hospitals according to hospital representatives. Six people are still being treated at Via Christi medical center. Three are in good condition, two in fair condition and one in critical condition.

A spokesperson for Wesley Medical Center says doctors are treating two patients, one in fair condition and the other in serious condition.

Excel Industries brought in counselors to talk with employees on Monday at the Whitestone Mennonite church. An employee leaving the counseling session said the company offered two group sessions and individual sessions for those who wanted to meet one on one.

From noon until 5 p.m Monday, the company allowed employees to come to the plant to get their personal belongings. According to an employee hotline number, employees were not allowed inside the building, but they were allowed to request their belongings and their personal items were brought out to them.

The plant will remain closed on Tuesday, but the CEO will meet with employees at the Meridian Center in Newton beginning at 1 PM

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