Three people were killed and 14 injured Thursday after a gunman drove through two Kansas towns taking shots at people before opening fire at his workplace, police said.
The assailant, who was identified by victims’ family members as Cedric Larry Ford, was armed with a long gun and a pistol during the “mass shooting” in Newton and Hesston, nearby towns about 30 miles north of Wichita, according to officials.
The entire incident lasted just 26 minutes — from when the gunman shot and injured a person and stole a truck, until the first police officer on the scene shot him dead shortly after 5 p.m. local time.
Ford was killed at Excel Industries, a lawn-care company in Hesston where he worked. Fifteen of the victims were shot inside the building — including all three who died, Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton told a news briefing Thursday night. Five of the wounded were critical.
“This is a fairly peaceful community, and to have something like this is terrible,” Walton said.
The FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on the scene but the sheriff said the incident was not related to “terrorism.”
Court records showed that Ford, 38, was a felon who previously lived in Miami and was on probation with a series of convictions in Florida including burglary.
He had a criminal record stretching back to October 1996, when he was charged with carrying a concealed firearm when he was 18 years old, the records showed.
Law enforcement officials first became aware of Thursday’s incident after being called to reports of two people shot and injured, one in the shoulder and one in the leg, on different streets across the two towns.