NSP Spokesman Says Elevator Worker Who Killed Gunman Likely Saved Lives


    A Nebraska State Patrol spokesman says Thursday’s shooting at a grain elevator in Superior, near the Kansas border, that resulted in the death of 3 people could have been much worse.

       61-year old Max Hoskinson of Superior, who’d been fired by Agrex Elevator that morning, returned about 2:00 with a pistol and fatally shot 2 former co-workers and wounded a third before a fourth Agrex employee killed him with a shotgun.

      State Patrol Sgt. Jeff Roby says the actions of the employee who got the shotgun from an office and fired at Hockinson, likely prevented further loss of life. 

       Sgt Roby also says he can’t comment on whether Hoskinson, who died at the Superior hospital, specifically targeted the victims. 

      60-year-old Sandra Nelson of Formoso, KS, died at the scene while 53-year-old Darin Koepke of Hadar, NE, died at a Lincoln hospital after being treated in Superior. The third victim was treated at the Superior hospital and released. 

       Authorities haven’t released the names of the wounded worker or the one who shot Hockinson, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation. Authorities say no charges are expected against the employee who fired the fatal shot.

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