SUPERIOR, NEBRASKA, US – A disgruntled ex-employee shot three people, killing two, on Oct. 21 at an Agrex grain elevator in Superior, Nebraska, US, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

Max Hoskinson, 61, who had been fired by Agrex earlier in the day, returned to the elevator around 2 p.m. with a handgun and shot three people before another employee retrieved a shotgun from an office and shot Hoskinson, the state patrol said.

Hoskinson was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. One of the victims shot by Hoskinson died at the scene while another was flown to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, US, where he later died, the state patrol said. A third person was treated and released at a hospital in Superior.

As of Friday morning, law enforcement had not released victims’ names or any other details of the continuing investigation.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said the state patrol would lead the investigation.

“The news of the attack on Agrex Elevator in Superior is shocking and devastating,” he said. “Susanne and I are praying for the victims of the attack.”

Hoskinson was listed as the chief grain merchandiser at the elevator in Superior in Sosland Publishing Company’s 2022 Grain & Milling Annual. The Agrex facility has total grain storage capacity of 3.65 million tonnes. The corn and soybean harvests are currently in full swing in Nebraska.

Attempts to reach Agrex for comment on the incident were unsuccessful.

Agrex, which is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, US, ranks 82nd in North America in total grain storage capacity with a combined total of 13.8 million tonnes at its four facilities, according to the Grain & Milling Annual.

Superior has a population of 1,600 and is located in south-central Nebraska near the Kansas border.