By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News February 25, 2016
Four people were killed and 14 more were hurt following a deadly mass shooting in Kansas. The shooting stretched across two towns outside Wichita and ended at the Excel Industries plant in Hesston where the gunman, identified as Cedric Ford, worked as a painter. Ford was killed by the police at the factory.
Law enforcement officials say Ford was a "disgruntled" employee, but investigators are still trying to determine what triggered the deadly rampage. Ford was served with a protection from abuse order, shortly before the attack.
Police have said all the deaths occurred at the Excel plant, Ford's coworkers said he was acting normal when he showed up for work on Thursday.
"Within seconds after he fired...he was right into the building within five seconds," a witness and Excel employee said.
Ford was armed with an assault-style weapon, police said the rampage started on a road around 5 p.m. The shooter opened fire from his car hitting someone in another vehicle.
He continued north shooting another person in the leg and stealing their car. He then made his way to the Excel factory, where he shot one person in the parking lot and then another 14 inside the building before an officer gunned him down.
"Even though he took fire, he went inside of that place and saved multiple, multiple lives. A hero as far as I'm concerned," Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said of the officer.
A video posted to Ford's Facebook account shows him firing a gun into a field. His criminal past includes multiple burglary convictions, fleeing from police and disorderly conduct.
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are joining the investigation, to see if there are any connections to Mental Illness. Authorities will also try to determine how exactly Ford got a hold of the weapons.