According to his girlfriend, the man who shot 16 people (and killed 3) suffered from mental illness and desperately needed professional help and meds for his condition.
Investigators believe that Ford went on the deadly shooting spree after being served a protective order (from abuse) for beating up his girlfriend just days prior.
According to CNN:
Ford was “a little upset” but “didn’t display anything … outrageous” when a sheriff’s deputy served him the order at 3:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. ET) Thursday at his workplace, Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas.
Then came a call to police, around 5 p.m., that a man driving his two children had been shot in the shoulder in nearby Newton. Another call came in a short time later about someone who’d been driven off the road into a ditch, been shot, and had his or her car stolen, according to Walton.
While authorities responded at these sites — having no idea where the shooter was heading next — Ford went to Excel, the lawn care equipment manufacturer about 6 miles from the first shooting scene.
The 38-year-old started firing in the parking lot, then kept it up as he went inside.
“He was randomly shooting people,” the Harvey County sheriff said. “… I’m not aware he said a thing.”
The carnage ended thanks to a lone Hesston police officer who went inside, engaged Ford in gunfire and killed him around 5:24 p.m., according to Walton.
“There was probably 2 or 300 more people in that building while this was going on,” the sheriff said. “This man was not going to stop shooting.
“The only reason he stopped shooting was because that officer stopped (him).”
Check out this homemade video of Cedric Ford dancing to “Revenge.”
Just goes to show that you never know who you’re standing next to and what may be going on inside their heads –or how far they are from snapping! SMH!