Two Weeks After Deadly Shooting, Kansas Company Reopens

Thursday, March 10th 2016, 10:55 am
By: News On 6

A Hesston, Kansas company reopened for business Thursday morning.  It has been two weeks since Cedric Ford, 38, started shooting inside, killing four people before he was shot and killed by the Hesston Police Chief. 

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The first shift returned to Excel Industries at 4:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, Sarah Jo Hopkins, 28, of Newton, Kansas pleaded not guilty in federal court to giving her former boyfriend, Cedric Ford, the guns used in the shooting.

Hopkins faces one count of transferring weapons to a prohibited person.  Federal prosecutors say she gave Ford an AK-47-type semi-automatic rifle and a .40-caliber handgun that he used in the attack. 

Excel says they know the healing process will take far longer than two weeks. The company told KWCH, the CBS affiliate in Wichita, that's why they've set up counseling and support systems for the long-term future.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.