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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 July, 2004, 21:59 GMT 22:59 UK
Gunman kills five at Kansas plant
A woman waits for news outside the plant
Relatives waited for hours for news of loved ones inside the plant
Five people were killed when a man went on a shooting rampage at a meatpacking plant in the US state of Kansas.

21-year-old Elijah Brown entered the ConAgra Foods plant in Kansas City at about 1700 (2200GMT) on Friday with two handguns and began shooting.

Police said he killed four workers before turning the guns on himself and committing suicide. Later, a fifth man died in hospital from his injuries.

The shooting took place during an afternoon shift break at the plant.

Although police say a motive for the killing has not been determined, reports say Mr Brown was recognised by employees as a plant worker who had lost his job a few months ago and was recently taken on again.

Mr Brown attacked his colleagues in the plant's cafeteria during a break and is reported to have fired at least 10 shots.

Relatives and workers had gathered outside the plant anxious for news.

The 24-hour meat processing plant was due to remain closed indefinitely whilst the shooting was being investigated.

ConAgra issued a statement expressing its sympathy for the families involved and saying it would be working with local police investigating the shooting.


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