On Wednesday night, Excel Industries employee Brian Johnson got into a fight with co-worker Cedric Ford about "stupid stuff," mostly over Ford's fear that he was about to get fired. Johnson thought that they'd mend fences at work the next day.
The two worked together at the lawn care company in Hesston, Kansas, but as Johnson's afternoon shift began, his friend was gone. The man told The Washington Post that he must have got to "pick up his guns, I guess."
Around 5 p.m., the Kansas plant became the site of the country's 49th mass shooting. Johnson heard gunshots about that time and his boss yelled that someone had a gun. Later, co-workers said Cedric had been shooting at him -- but every bullet missed.
"Every foot track that I took he was right behind me, all the way through the plant."
According to NBC News, the shooting lasted 26 minutes. It began when local police were dispatched to two eerily similar calls -- two people with gunshot wounds. The injured were shot in two separate nearby towns in this rural area of Kansas, 30 minutes from Wichita.