Suspected shooter at Kansas manufacturing plant has South Florida ties

Cedric Ford
Cedric Ford Facebook

A man being identified by news reports as the gunman who killed three people and injured 14 before being killed Thursday near Wichita, Kansas, has South Florida ties.

Cedric Ford, 38, went on a shooting spree at several locations near Excel Industries, which manufactures lawn mower products, the Wichita Eagle reported. Ford has criminal history — including carrying a concealed weapon and burglaries in Miami-Dade and Broward counties dating back to 1996, according to court reports. Records show he lived in what is now Miami Gardens from 1997-2002.

On Ford’s Facebook page he said he was from Miami and worked as a painter at Excel Industries in Newton, Kansas.

In a Feb. 21 post, Ford films himself with a song playing in the background and when the words “looking for revenge” comes on he mouths the words. There is also a photo of him Feb. 15 holding a gun.

At a news conference Thursday evening, Sheriff T. Walton told reporters that were several crime scenes including the Hesston plant, the parking lot and two other locations, The Associated Press reported. Ford, who Walton said was or had been an Excel employee, was fatally shot by authorities, according to the AP.

Miami Herald writer Lance Dixon and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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