Authorities are looking for a person of interest in connection to a shooting that took place Wednesday morning in Easton, according to an official from the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities are looking for a person of interest in connection to a shooting that took place Wednesday morning in Easton, according to an official from the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting was reported at about 8:15 a.m. at 215 S. Third St.

A 58-year-old man had been shot inside the residence. He had been shot in his upper body area, according to Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley.

The man was conscious and spoke with deputies at the scene. He was flown by LIFESTAR helicopter to an area hospital.

Investigators are wanting to speak with Daniel W. Owens, who has been identified as a person of interest in the case.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released a photograph or description of Owens. But Sherley released a description of a vehicle Owens may be driving. The vehicle is described as a maroon older model Chevrolet pickup truck. The truck may have a Missouri license plate but the tag number is unknown at this time. The bed of the truck may have a toolbox with a diamond tread.

Sherley said Owens, 43, has ties to the Easton, Leavenworth and Kansas City, Kansas, areas.

Sherley described Owens as someone who is known to the victim.

Anyone with information about the shooting or Owens’ whereabouts are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 913-682-5724.

The Easton public schools, which are actually located outside of the city of Easton, were placed on lockout status Wednesday, according to Superintendent Tim Beying.

During a lockout, school personnel verify that all exterior doors are locked, and staff members regularly monitor hallways.

“There is a heightened sense of alert and all members of the school community recognize that there is a need to be aware of our surroundings,” Beying said in an email.

Beying said the school district’s school resource officer, Capt. Thomas Johnson of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office, has worked through drills with students and staff members throughout the school year. The superintendent said Wednesday’s incident “was something our school family understands.”

Beying said students were being released as normal Wednesday afternoon.

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