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4 People Killed, 14 Injured, in Kansas Mass Shooting, Republican Presidential Candidates Never Mentioned it, as the Shooter Was Not a Muslim
February 26, 2016
This is another sad mass shooting in the US, in just two days, most likely to be associated with work-related problems, mental illness, and lack of gun control, as others before it (it occurred in the workplace).
To the disappointment of the war mongers in the US media and politics, the perpetrator was not a Muslim. Otherwise, they would have used it to promote more US wars in the Middle East and more attacks on Muslim Americans at home.
Neither the CNN Zionist moderator, Wolf Blitzer, who moderated the Republican presidential debate in Texas last night, nor the Republican presidential candidates mentioned it, like they did after the San Bernardino shooting.
There were no condemnations and neither the investigators nor the media mentioned the perpetrator's religion, as they would do if the perpetrator were a Muslim.
This is just another piece of evidence that Islamophobia in the US is orchestrated by the war mongers, war beneficiaries, and anti-Muslim agitators in the media and politics, who have no interest in solving the serious problems facing the US society, like mass shootings.
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Authorities piece together motive in Kansas shooting rampage
Reuters, Friday, February 26, 2016, 4:57am EST
Authorities in Kansas were investigating on Friday the motives of a gunman who killed three people and wounded 14 during a shooting spree that ended when an officer killed the suspect at the factory where he worked.
Law enforcement in Hesston, a town of about 3,800 people, have said Thursday's mass killing was not terror related.
"This is a horrible situation my friends, just terrible,” Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said at a late evening press conference.
"There were some things that triggered this particular individual," he said, without elaborating.
While many of his victims were coworkers, the attacker appears to have opened fire at random, Walton said.
Five of the 14 wounded were in critical condition.
The Kansas killings follow a mass shooting in Michigan this weekend, when a driver for car-hailing service Uber [UBER.UL] killed six people.
The escalating number of mass shootings in the United States have elevated gun control as a campaign issue in the November U.S. presidential election.
The Kansas attacker, who was armed with a .223-caliber assault-style rifle and a pistol, fired out of his vehicle as he drove through two cities, Walton said. He then stole the car of one victim and drove to Excel Industries, where he worked, and shot a person in the parking lot.
The gunman entered the plant, where he had been scheduled to work and where over 100 employees were beginning the day's second shift, and opened fire on his co-workers, killing three, the sheriff said. Other employees fled in panic.
The first police officer on the scene exchanged fire with the gunman near the building's paint room, killing him, Walton said.
"Even though (the officer) took fire, he went inside of that place and saved multiple, multiple lives -- a hero, as far as I’m concerned," the sheriff said.
The killing spree spanned 26 minutes, he said.
A dispatcher with the Sheriff's Department had identified the shooter as 38-year-old Cedric Ford. Walton declined to identify the suspect, saying his identity would likely be released on Friday.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; editing by Katharine Houreld)
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