4 Slain at Kansas Meatpacking Plant

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A disgruntled worker at a meatpacking plant killed four people and wounded three others Friday afternoon before committing suicide, police said.

Col. Sam Breshears, a deputy police chief, said five people were killed in the shooting at the ConAgra Foods Inc. plant. He said one of the three wounded people was in critical condition.

A police dispatcher who did not give her name said a ConAgra employee walked into the cafeteria and began firing, then killed himself. Breshears did not release the shooter's gender.

Breshears said when officers arrived, the shooter was still moving through the building but did not provide details about the circumstances under which the shooter committed suicide.

Many employees of the plant, which processes and slices meat for deli and sandwich products, were kept at the plant for hours for interviews with police while friends and family gathered outside, waiting for word.

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