Hurt, Suspect Dead In Georgia FedEx Facility Shooting
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[April 30, 2014]
By Tami Chappell
KENNESAW, Georgia (Reuters) — A FedEx Corp
package handler armed with a shotgun opened fire at a shipping facility
in suburban Atlanta early on Tuesday, injuring six people before killing
himself, apparently with his own weapon, police and hospital officials
Three people were in critical condition, two of them with
life-threatening injuries, after being shot by the 19-year-old
gunman just before 6 a.m. EDT at a FedEx warehouse near the airport
in Kennesaw, Georgia, about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta, police
and hospital officials said.
The shooter, identified as Geddy L. Kramer of Acworth, Georgia,
drove up to the security guard shack at the warehouse and shot the
guard before entering the warehouse where he shot the other five
people, according to police.
FedEx employee Liza Aiken told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution she
was correcting addresses on packages when she saw a colleague
dressed in black and armed with a knife, gun and a cartridge belt
strapped across this chest.
"He had bullets strapped to his chest like Rambo," she told the
newspaper. "He looked like he was heading into war."
Authorities searching the building after the incident found a
Molotov cocktail that appeared to have been left behind by the
gunman, said Cobb County Police spokesman Michael Bowman. No motive
was given for the attack.
Aiken said she previously had reported the man to her superiors
after he pointed a work laser at her eye.
Michael Hogland, a driver at the facility, told the paper his boss
called him early on Tuesday and said a security guard was among the
The six patients taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta
all had multiple gunshot wounds that appeared to be from a shotgun,
Dr. Michael Nitzken said at a news conference.
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Two men, 28 and 22 years old, as well as a 52-year-old woman were
listed in critical condition. Another 28-year-old man was stable,
while a 42-year-old woman and 19-year-old man had been treated and
were being released, Nitzken said.
Hundreds of police from multiple agencies converged on the scene
after the shooting, and employees escorted from the facility in a
bus tearfully reunited with family members at a nearby skating rink.
A FedEx spokeswoman extended condolences to those affected by the
"The situation is now stabilized, and we are focused on the needs of
our team members and cooperating with the law enforcement
investigation of this tragedy," said company spokeswoman Shea
(Additional reporting by David Beasley in Atlanta, Kevin Gray and
David Adams in Miami.; writing by Colleen Jenkins; editing by Gunna
Dickson and Ken Wills)
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