Kansas Gunman Kills At Least 3, Injures More Than a Dozen
Sheriff says shooter may have been "triggered" while feds say the incident was not "terrorism" related.
The families of some of the victims identified Cedric Ford as the man who shot more than a dozen people on the way to and at Excel Industries, a lawnmower company in Kansas.
Three people died, and the shooting ended when the first police officer to arrive on scene "exchanged fired" with Ford, killing him. The officer was not injured.
Authorities have not officially identified the shooter, but did offer other details. Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton told the media there were "some things that triggered this individual" and that a possible motive could be related to a protection from abuse order the shooter received yesterday afternoon. A police spokesperson in Newton said the suspect was known to authorities there, without elaborating.
The weapon used by the shooter has been variously described as an "assault style" weapon*, an assault rifle, and a long gun. He also reportedly had a semi-automatic pistol that may not have been loaded, and was not apparently used.
Federal authorities on the scene, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives said the shooting was not terrorism-related.
The owner of Excel said he's unsure when the plant where the shooting occured will reopen, saying his first priority was to take care of victims and their families.