UPDATE: Harvey County Attorney David Yoder released the names of the victims Thursday afternoon. They are Jason Stubby, 36, Nelton Lemons, 36, and Michael Lemons, 34, all of Newton.
The shooter was identified as David Montano, 33, of Newton.
NEWTON—Four people are dead following a shooting in rural Newton early Thursday morning. Newton Police and Harvey County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 2100 block of North Spencer around 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning after a report of a shooting. They found three people had been killed.
Officers tracked down the suspect, who confronted them with a shotgun. A Newton officer shot the suspect and he was taken to Newton Medical Center, and at 3:04 a.m. Newton Police announced via social media that the suspect had succumbed to his injuries.
No officers were injured.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that they believe this is a targeted incident and that the public should not be concerned about any additional threat to the community stemming from this incident.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting the ongoing investigation.
The Harvey County Sheriff’s Office is set to hold a press conference at 3 p.m. Thursday to give updates, which will also be live-streamed on their Facebook page.