Cedric Ford, identified as the gunman in the fatal shooting spree, was reportedly issued a restraining order just 90 minutes before he first opened fire. The order was meant to keep Ford away from a former romantic partner and was served at Excel Industries, ABC News reports. Though an investigation is still ongoing, authorities are now exploring the possibility that Ford's "domestic issues" played a role in this harrowing act of violence.
Revised numbers show that a total of four people, including the gunman, were killed in the rampage. Another 14 people were injured in the shootings, according to the New York Times.
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Reports out of Hesston, Kansas quote the sheriff there as saying that as many as 30 people have been shot, and between four and seven of them fatally, mostly at Excel Industries, a factory that makes industrial lawn equipment.
The alleged shooter was identified by KWCH12 as 38-year-old Cedric Ford, a painter at Excel, according to his Facebook page. Kansas.com says the shooter, who was armed with a long rifle—an AK-47, according to one witness—as well as a handgun, was shot dead by law enforcement between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. today.
The rampage could include four or five different crime scenes, according to reports. Police responded to the first shooting around 5 p.m. in the town of Newton where a victim was shot inside his pickup truck. Another victim was shot inside their vehicle at a nearby intersection. The Hesston Record said the shooter was apparently firing from his vehicle into other cars. After shooting someone in the Excel parking lot, he entered the plant and shot at least 20 more people.
Authorities have yet to identify a motive, but investigators were reportedly searching Ford's home for evidence.