A package handler with a shot gun and bullets strapped to his chest “like Rambo” wounded six people at a Georgia FedEx facility early Tuesday before he was found dead of an apparent suicide, authorities and witnesses said.
The male suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound during the workplace shooting in Kennesaw, north of Atlanta, and was found inside the FedEx facility's loading dock, reported NBC affiliate WXIA-TV.
The six victims range from ages 19 to 52, and three remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon, said Dr. Michael Nitzken, of Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. One of them required advance life support.
Those with critical injuries suffered multiple gunshot wounds, while others had “peripheral damage,” Nitzken said. One person was released.
Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman said officers were “sweeping” the area around the building Tuesday morning for any “secondary devices.” No explosives were found. The suspect was identified only as a male employee of FedEx.
Police were first called to the scene just before 6 a.m., prompting a lockdown of the facility on Airport Road and more than 100 officers to swarm the scene.
A clerk said the gunman was dressed in black, and was carrying a foot-long knife, what appeared to be an assault rifle and bullets draped on his chest “like Rambo.”
“I mean he looked like he was heading into war,” FedEx clerk Liza Aiken told reporters. “As soon as I saw him, I ran the other way. I ran and made sure that people upstairs were gone.”
She said she had recently reported him to supervisors after he pointed some type of laser at her face.
A family member of an employee described how the gunman opened fire on a security guard and other co-workers.
“He was an employee, and apparently not a disgruntled employee,” the person told WXIA.
FedEx confirmed there was an incident at its facility, located about 27 miles north of Atlanta. The building is fenced-in and not open to the public.
“FedEx is aware of the situation,” spokesman Scott Fiedler said in a statement. “Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our team members, first responders and others affected. FedEx is cooperating with authorities.”
— Erik Ortiz
First published April 29 2014, 4:37 AM