HESSTON, Kan. — Paul Mullet, President and CEO of Excel Industries, issues a statement about the shootings at the company by an employee on Feb. 25 that led to the deaths of 4 employees, including the shooter. Officials have now identified the shooter as Cedric Ford, 38. Twelve other employees were injured and two others were injured elsewhere. 

Shortly before the shootings, Ford had been issued a protection from abuse order while he was at the plant, according to officials. Mullet's statement:

"The Excel family is deeply saddened by this horrific event that occurred yesterday. Our hearts go out to our employees and their families who are enduring this tragedy.

Our first priority has been and will remain the safety and wellness of our employees. We are fully cooperating with the law enforcement agencies and the Red Cross. Our internal teams are fully engaged in crisis management.

We are thankful for all the support we are receiving during this very difficult situation. Thank you for your concern." 

Hustler manufactures Hustler and Big Dog mowers in Hesston, Kan. 

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