Up to 7 people killed, 20+ injured in shooting at Kansas company – count could grow.


Cedric Ford has been identified as the shooter responsible for killing several people at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas.

As many as seven people have died and up to another 20 were injured when a deranged employee returned to work at his Kansas turf care company and opened fire on his colleagues, authorities said.

The gunman has been shot dead after his rampage Thursday afternoon at Excel Industries in tiny Hesston, some 35 miles north of Wichita, Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said. A total of of four to seven people, including the gunman, were killed, Walton said.

Cedric Ford, 38, has been identified as the shooter, according to KWCH-TV. According to his Facebook page, he worked as a painter at Excel Industries. He posted several photos and videos online of himself armed with weapons. One shows him shooting an AK-47 in a field, while another shows him sitting in the driver’s seat of a car, a bottle of booze in his lap and a semi-automatic handgun sitting on his thigh.

Two people hug after fleeing the shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas.KWCH

Two people hug after fleeing the shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas.

There were at least four or five crime scenes associated with the rampage, Walton said. Ford shot at least two people in cars as he drove towards Excel, then shot another person in a parking lot outside the lawn mowing manufacturer before bursting into the building and opening fire inside sometime before 5 p.m. local time, Walton said.

The gunman was shot dead by a police officer, Walton said.