Four Dead in Kansas Workplace Shooting

Four people are dead and 14 others injured after a gunman opened fire Thursday in a Kansas town before attacking the manufacturing plant where he worked. The suspect was shot dead by police, according to Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton. Police said Cedric Ford, who was identified by coworkers and friends in local reports, wounded two people on the street before he drove to Excel Industries in Hesston, then shot one person in the parking lot and opened fire inside the building using an “assault-style long gun.” Five victims are in critical condition, one person was undergoing surgery and eight others were in stable condition, Walton said. Coworkers and friends told CNN reporters that they would “never in a million years” imagine 38-year-old Ford capable of the shooting. Excel employee Matt Jarrell said “he was a mellow guy.” He added, “He was somebody I could talk to about anything.” Before the mayhem started, Jarrell said that Ford “just parked and then opened up the door, hopped out with the gun on, strapped-up and everything.” Ford yelled “hey” at a visible bystander and then shot that person. Jarrell added, “I witnessed him shoot the shots. I saw the shell casings come out of the assault rifle.”