Breaking: 4 To 7 Dead, 20-30 Wounded In Workplace Shooting In Hesston, Kansas

  • by: Alan Duke

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Hesston, Kansas, police are on the scene of a workplace shooting at Excel Industries where several people are reported dead, according to local media. fatalities and others wounded.

KSN-TV is reporting that the shooting has been critically wounded.

Excel manufactures lawn care products including riding lawnmowers.

Watch KAKE-TV's live coverage and scroll down for updates.


  • 2016-02-26T01:35:36Z 2016-02-26T01:35:36Z
    One worker, who said he was lived next to the Cedric Ford, described the attack. “He was just unloading on everybody,” Jared Trujillo said. “As people were walking out he was firing on them.” “The talk around the plant was he had some mental issues,” Trujillo said. “He was being teased a little bit.”
  • 2016-02-26T01:34:24Z 2016-02-26T01:34:24Z
  • 2016-02-26T01:30:39Z 2016-02-26T01:30:39Z
    From man named as shooter's Facebook page:
  • 2016-02-26T01:29:44Z 2016-02-26T01:29:44Z
    Hesston plant shooter identified as Cedric Ford, KAKE-TV reports.
  • 2016-02-26T01:13:02Z 2016-02-26T01:13:02Z
    One worker, who said he was lived next to the shooter, described the attack. “He was just unloading on everybody,” the worker said. “As people were walking out he was firing on them.” “The talk around the plant was he had some mental issues,” the worker said. “He was being teased a little bit.”
  • 2016-02-26T01:04:06Z 2016-02-26T01:04:06Z
    “He was traveling and shooting from his car,” sheriff says.
  • 2016-02-26T00:55:22Z 2016-02-26T00:55:22Z
    Harvey County, Kansas, Sheriff T. Walton says between 20 and 30 people were wounded and somewhere between four and seven are dead, including the shooter. The shooter was killed by a law enforcement officer. The Hesston plant was not the only shooting location, Sheriff Walton said. “He was traveling and shooting from his car."
  • 2016-02-26T00:50:16Z 2016-02-26T00:50:16Z
  • 2016-02-26T00:48:46Z 2016-02-26T00:48:46Z
    Police say 4 dead and 15 others wounded in Excel Industries plant attack, KAKE-TV reports.
  • 2016-02-26T00:45:15Z 2016-02-26T00:45:15Z
    The ex-worker identified by other Excel Industries employees as the shooter posted a photo of an AK-47 rifle on his Facebook page just last week.
  • 2016-02-26T00:24:23Z 2016-02-26T00:24:23Z
    The former worker first chased office workers and then “he just started spraying everybody in the production area,” a plant worker named Marty said. “I heard pop, pop, pop.” He saw a robot operator who stuck his head into a hallway to see what was happening was shot in his leg.
  • 2016-02-26T00:22:04Z 2016-02-26T00:22:04Z
    Video shows police searching the Excel plant's roof top.
  • 2016-02-26T00:13:31Z 2016-02-26T00:13:31Z
    Two plant workers told a local TV reporter that nine people were shot, two of the now dead. The shooter was a former worker at the lawn mower factory who pulled up to the plant’s parking lot where he pulled out an AK47 rifle and shot a woman and then fired at several police officers.
  • 2016-02-26T00:08:47Z 2016-02-26T00:08:47Z
    This is a look inside the lawn mower plant posted just a day earlier on Facebook.

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  • 2016-02-26T00:05:11Z 2016-02-26T00:05:11Z
    Witness tells local TV that the shooter walked out of the plant to a parking lot, took a rifle out of a vehicle, returned inside and began firing.
  • 2016-02-26T00:00:19Z 2016-02-26T00:00:19Z
    Harvey County, Kansas, sheriff confirmed "multiple deaths." A local radio station reported two are dead. Nearby Hesston College is on lockdown.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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