New audio of a 911 call from a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Georgia paints the picture of a chaotic and horrifying scene that unfolded last week.
"I’ve been shot," security guard Christopher Sparkman says at the beginning of the call, released Tuesday by Cobb County police.
The dispatcher asks Sparkman, "Who did it sir?" and he responds, “I don’t know, unknown gunman, he’s got a shotgun, I’ve been shot.
"Please, tell my wife I love her,” says Sparkman, 28, later adding, “I’m losing energy really fast."
The dispatcher keeps telling Sparkman to "stay on the line with me, don't hang up" as his consciousness seems to be fading.
Suddenly, a woman can be heard in the background, along with screams, saying: “Is he still here? Is he still here!?” as Sparkman tells the dispatcher he was shot in the left side of the abdomen.
"Please hurry, please God, hurry," Sparkman pleads over the phone. "I do not want to die."
Within moments the dispatcher tells Sparkman that officers are arriving at the FedEx facility in Kennesaw, north of Atlanta.
Sparkman's phone is left on as others can be heard in the background, helping him and talking about the shooter.
The operator keeps saying "hello?" and asking for a description of the gunman while chaotic shouts continue to escalate in the background.
"I know his face" a man says, noting that the shooter is around 5’10 and white.
"And he had a knife," a woman adds.
The man who opened fire turned out to be Geddy Kramer, a 19-year-old package handler who was later found dead in an apparent suicide after the April 29 rampage.
A clerk later told reporters the gunman was armed “like Rambo” with a foot-long knife, an assault rifle (in fact it was a 12-gauge shotgun) and bullets draped to his chest.
Three victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds, while three others were hurt in the commotion.
After several surgeries, Sparkman, a newlywed and Army veteran, has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, according to NBC affiliate WXIA.
Jason Getz / AP
A police officer, center, talks with FedEx employees as they wait to meet their family at a nearby business after they were evacuated from the Airport Road FedEx facility after an early morning shooting Tuesday April 29, 2014, in Kennesaw, Ga. A shooter opened fire at a FedEx center wounding at least six people before police swarmed the facility.
First published May 6 2014, 12:25 PM