Timeline, 911 tapes portray quick response amid rampage

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A police chief who rushed without backup into a Kansas lawnmower factory amid a shooting rampage fatally shot the gunman about five minutes after he arrived.

That's according to a timeline and recordings of 911 calls that authorities released Thursday from the Feb. 25 shootings at Excel Industries in Hesston. The information was released in response to open records requests.

The timeline shows Hesston Police Chief Doug Schroeder was on the scene 20 seconds after the first call went out.

About 300 people were working second shift at the Hesston plant when Cedric L. Ford barged in armed with an assault-type rifle and a pistol and opened fire. Ford shot two people en route to the factory and 15 at the plant, three of whom died.