The gunman who went on a deadly rampage Thursday near Wichita, Kan., recently posted a video on Facebook of him shooting a semi-automatic weapon into a field.
After going on a shooting spree that left three of his co-workers dead and 14 injured, Cedric Ford, 38, was shot and killed by a Kansas sheriff at the Excel Industries plant in Hesston.
Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton stated a deputy had served Ford a restraining order around 3:30 p.m. Thursday involving his live-in girlfriend, the Wichita Eagle reported. The sheriff believes the order was likely what set Ford off on his tirade.
Ford left the Excel factory, which produces lawn care products, not long after receiving the order and returned at approximately 5 p.m. and opened fire on his co-workers.
Law enforcement officials reported the gunman had a .223-caliber assault-style rifle and a semi-automatic pistol.
Ford recently posted this video on Facebook.
“We always say it won’t happen here. Well here it is. It happened here,” Walton told NBC News regarding the shooting. “We’ll get through it. It’s a good community of good, strong people.”
Court records showed the assailant was a felon who previously lived in Miami and was on probation with a series of convictions in Florida, including burglary in 2000, according to NBC News. “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,” the news outlet reported.
How Ford obtained his firearms used in Thursday’s shooting is not clear.
Five of the 14 victims injured remained in critical condition Friday in area hospitals.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback asked people to pray for those affected by the mass shooting.
Please send your thoughts and prayers to the people of Hesston tonight.
— Sam Brownback (@govsambrownback) February 26, 2016
h/t: Daily Mail