Police say 38-year-old Cedric Ford drove through two Kansas towns on Thursday, shooting people before opening fire on his own workplace, a Harvey County Sheriff's Office spokesperson tells PEOPLE.
"He was randomly shooting people," Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton said of the gunman during a news conference on Friday.
At around 5 p.m., officers received a report of a man shot in the shoulder. Soon another report came in, another victim had been shot in the leg, the sheriff's office said in a statement.
"The shooter proceeded north to Excel Industries in Hesston, where one person was shot in the parking lot before he opened fire inside the building," police said in the statement. "He was seen entering the building with a long gun."
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The spokesperson said that the gunman was an employee at the factory, which manufactures lawn care equipment.
"An officer responding to the scene exchanged fire with the shooter, who was killed," police said in the statement. "The officer was not injured."
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Police said 10 of the victims were critically injured. Walton did not reveal the names of the victims on Friday, saying those names will not be released until later Friday or perhaps even Saturday.
At the news conference, Officer Chris Carter described entering the factory after the shooting as "overwhelming."
"We're on autopilot," he said of himself and his fellow officers. "We're trained for these."
Gunman Was Served Order of Protection Shortly Before ShootingLess than two hours before the deadly shooting, the sheriff's office served the shooter with a protection from abuse order at the factory, Walton said. He said the man was upset, but no more than any other person would be when served with such an order.
"He didn't display anything that was outrageous," Walton said. "He was just a little upset."
Walton said that the person who had the order of protection out against the shooter was not in the Excel factory.
The official did not give details about the circumstances surrounding the order, but said such orders are usually filed due to violence in a relationship.
The shooter has a criminal history stretching back to 1996, NBC News reports, citing court records. The shooter previously lived in Miami and had a series of convictions in Florida.
At the press conference, Walton said, "[The shooter has] been in my jail a couple times before."
Authorities said at the press conference that how the shooter obtained weapons, given his criminal history, is under investigation.