Superior residents come together after fatal shooting
SUPERIOR, Neb. (KSNB) - Following the fatal shooting at the Superior Argex Inc. grain elevator, the community is mending from the loss of their neighbors. After losing his job at the grain elevator, Max Hoskinson, 61, of Superior, returned to his former worker place and shot three employees — two of them died.
Mike Sander, pastor at the Superior Church of Christ, said it was difficult to believe this tragedy happened in a town like theirs.
“It was a hard situation. Small town, rural town, we’re all close-nit and so, the first reaction of everybody was ‘this can’t be true,’ and you expect that,” Sander said. “And when you hear that it is true, and then, when you hear that it is true, and you hear that there’s lives, at that point we weren’t sure what was happening at stake, your gut just falls.”
He said he was asked by the police chief at the scene to help comfort relatives of the victims affected by the shooting.
“As a pastor, you end up being an emotional first responder, is what you are,” he said. “And so, there’s a lot of areas you get pulled into. I spent most of the afternoon and evening with the family of one of the people who deceased.”
Across the street from Agrex, Bomgaars employees witnessed some of the events that happened Thursday. Assistant manager Codi Thompson and head cashier, Alicia Reed, said they saw first responders and law enforcement pulling up to the scene of the crime, but weren’t entirely sure what was going on until they received a call, alerting them what had happened.
In times like these, Thompson said she wanted the town and others from outside of the area to come together to fill the void.
“Pray for the families and the friends and the community I mean, this whole town could just use prayers,” Thompson said. “We have three families that lost people yesterday.”
Sander, who had been praying with those grieving, said, right now, it was important for everyone to keep their head up.
“Superior is an amazing community that everyone rallies together and we’re going to get through this, and we’re just going to do it one step at a time,” Sander said.
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