- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

LENNOX, S.D. (AP) - A man killed one person and injured two others in a shooting incident Thursday at an industrial business about 20 miles southwest of Sioux Falls, authorities said. The suspected gunman is believed to be a man found dead inside a burned semi-truck.

The gunman entered a Sioux Steel Company location known as ProTec in Lennox, shot a man and a woman and assaulted a third person, Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson said. The man was killed and a woman was in critical condition Thursday evening. The assault victim is in serious condition. They were all ProTec employees.

Johnson said witnesses saw the gunman taking off, and nearby businesses and schools were put on lockdown.

A short time after the shooting took place, emergency dispatchers were alerted to a burning semi-truck along a gravel road about 4 miles southwest of Lennox. Johnson said evidence suggests that the body found inside the semi-truck was that of the gunman.

“We believe, it is likely that this deceased individual by the semi-truck south of Lennox here is the shooter,” Johnson said. He added that a handgun was found next to the body.

Sioux Falls police cruisers were outside the house where authorities believe the gunman lived.

Lennox police chief Orville Jorgensen said it appears the suspect worked for a trucking company that has some connection with ProTec.

Sioux Steel in a statement said the company is cooperating with law enforcement agencies.

The identities of the victims and the suspect were not released Thursday.


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