Update: 10:47 p.m. - A standoff in Newton is now over.

Law enforcement from several agencies descended on a mobile home in the 2000 block of Wagon Wheel Drive following a mass shooting at Excel Industries.

The home is believed to be that of Cedric Ford, the man multiple sources have identified as the Hesston shooter.

Newton police said they received tips that someone may have been in the home because there was music coming from the home that suddenly stopped.

Police said no one was inside the home, but they would not say what was found inside.

We will continue asking questions and bring you those details as soon as they become available.


Update: 10:18 p.m. - Newton officers are now trying to make entry into the home of Hesston shooting suspect. Multiple sources have identified him as 38-year-old Cedric Ford.

An officer killed Ford Thursday afternoon at Excel Industries in Hesston, where he worked.

Police say Ford's roommate is in the mobile home, located in the 2000 block of Wagon Wheel Drive in Newton. They say he refuses to let police in, now they are forcing their way in. SWAT is on the scene.

Residents in the mobile home park have been either evacuated or told to shelter in place. 


Update: 9:14 p.m. - The Harvey County Sheriff has updated the number of people killed and wounded in a shooting in Hesston at Excel Industries.

Sheriff T. Walton said four people, including the shooter, were killed at the Hesston company Thursday afternoon. Fourteen other people were hurt. Six people are being treated at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita - two critical, four stable. Four people are being treated at Wesley Medical Center  - three critical, one is in surgery. Four others are being treated at Newton Medical Center.

Walton said the incident started at 5 p.m. at 12th and Meridian at Newton. Two vehicles were shot at, one driver was hit. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. The second driver was not shot. The shooter was shooting from inside a separate vehicle. 

Walton said the shooter then traveled down Meridian to Hwy 81, where he shot another person in the leg. At that location, there was a report of a stolen vehicle.

Walton said the shooter took the vehicle and went to Excel Industries. Once he got there, he shot one person in the parking lot and then went inside the building where he shot 15 more people. Four people were killed including himself.

Walton said the shooter used a long gun, something like an assault rifle but he also had a pistol on him.

He said the shooter exchanged gunfire with law enforcement but was shot and killed by the first officer on the scene.

"Even though he took fire, he went inside of that place and saved multiple, multiple lives. A hero as far as I'm concerned."

Walton said fifteen KBI agents will now do an investigation inside Excel. He said there are a number of crime scenes.

"We always talk about, 'it can't happen here, and everybody says, 'it can't happen here.' But it's all those places that it happens at and here we are.' It happened here," said Walton. "This is a fairly peaceful community and to have something like this is tragic." 

Excel will remain closed until law enforcement complete their investigation on the crime scene.

A hotline has been setup for employees and their families. That number is 620-327-1335.


Update: 8:05 p.m. - Akeam Ashford reports that SWAT team officers outside a home in the 2000 block of Wagon Wheel Drive in Newton have ordered whoever is inside the home to come out of the the residence with their hands up.

The home is believed to be where the suspected shooter at Excel Industries, Cedric Ford lived. Ford was killed by authorities after the shooting. 

Earlier tonight, Newton Medical Center was placed on lockdown due to police activity in the area. The Newton Rec Center is also on lockdown tonight. People are being allowed to leave the center, but no one is allowed in. 


Update 7:45 p.m.: Excel Industries has announced that the company will not be open for business Friday.

Update 7: 40 p.m.: Eyewitness News has learned that Newton Medical Center is on lockdown due to police activity in the area. The lockdown at Hesston College was lifted. The Hesston School District also placed its schools on lockdown.

Reporter Akeam Ashford is near the scene where SWAT team members have responded to a home in Newton. 

The American Red Cross is setting up a reception area at Hesston High School for Excel employees/family and friends. 

Update 7:30 p.m.: Multiple eyewitnesses and employees at Excel Industries identify the shooter as Cedric Ford, 38, an employee at the company in Hesston. Ford lived in Newton. 

According to Florida court documents, he was charged with multiple crimes in his history, including burglary, grand theft, fleeing and eluding and other charges dating back to 1996. Ford was also booked in Sedgwick County in 2008. Eyewitness News has not confirmed the charges in the Sedgwick County arrest.

Excel Industries shooter identified

His Facebook page says he was a painter at Excel.

We have pulled pictures and video that were posted on Ford's Facebook page. The photo shows him holding at least two guns and the video show him shooting what appears to be an assault rifle.

We know that Ford had criminal history out of Broward and Miramar counties in Florida from 1997-2000.

We are working to gather more information and will bring it to you as it becomes available.

Thursday night, the Harvey County Sheriff's Office issued the following statement: 

Around 5pm tonight, there was an active shooter situation that began around the area of 12th and meridian in Newton where shots were reported. There were also reports of shots fired at Meridian and Hesston Rd as well as an active shooter situation in Excel Industries. The shooter at Excel Industries has been shot and killed.
There have been numerous shooting victims as well as some fatalities. Families are currently being notified by emergency personnel.
We will update you with more information as it becomes available.


Update: Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton says 4-7 people, including the shooter at Excel Industries in Hesston have been killed. Walton said the shooter was an employee, and he was killed by authorities. 

Walton said as many three people were killed. As many as 20 people were hurt. Walton said there are four to five crime scenes in this case. 

More information is expected at the next briefing at 9 p.m. 

In Wichita, Via Chrisiti St. Francis says it is treating five patients from the shooting in serious condition and two in fair condition. Four patients are being treated at Newton Medical Center and six at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. 

Mutual aid was provided with ambulances sent to the scene from Rice County, Sedgwick County and several communities including Marion, McPherson and Sedgwick. Newton's fire chief also responded. 


Update: Eyewitness News has confirmed that a suspect in a deadly shooting at Excel Industries, 200 S. Ridge Road, in Hesston is down.

The information comes to us from Harvey County dispatchers. We're working to gather more details on the situation. We'll have the latest in a news conference at 6:30 p.m.

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Hesston police confirm a shooting at Excel Industries in the 200 block of South Ridge Road in Hesston. Dispatchers say two people were killed and multiple others are hurt.  The shooting was reported a little after 5 p.m. Thursday.

ATF agents are headed to Hesston and a medical helicopter has landed near the scene. 

At about 5:50 p.m., a spokesman with Via Christi in Wichita confirmed three patients from Excel Industries were taken to St. Francis hospital in Wichita with three more on the way. Officials say two people at St. Francis are in serious condition and one is in fair condition. One patient is being assessed and two are on the way to the hospital. Wesley Medical Center is treating three patients from the shooting. 

Hesston College is placed on lockdown.

We are continuing to look into a separate shooting reported at 12th and Meridian in Newton where one person was shot and whether that incident could be connected to the shooting at Excel Industries. 

Witnesses have described a suspect vehicle as a gray and red pickup truck. A little before 5:30 p.m., dispatchers indicated a suspect had been disabled. We are working to confirm this information.

Shortly after the shooting, Eyewitness News spoke with a woman from Mid Kansas Family Practice near Excel Industries. The woman said an injured woman ran to the facility from Excel for help and the office was locked down.  The woman at Mid Kansas Family Practice did not confirm if the woman from Excel had been shot.