Posted: Tuesday, April 29th 2014 at 6:46pm
Police ID 19-year-old gunman in FedEx rampage
By The Associated Press
FedEx Employee Lisa Aiken, wearing bandana, is embraced by a co-worker as other FedEx employees gather at a skating rink following a shooting at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw Tuesday. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin)
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- Police have identified the gunman who shot six people at a FedEx package-sorting center before taking his own life.
The Cobb County Police Department says in a news release that the gunman was 19-year-old Geddy L. Kramer of Acworth.
The news release says Kramer drove up to a guard shack and shot the security guard inside, then went in and shot five more people.
Three of the victims were critically wounded, though only one remained in critical condition by Tuesday afternoon. Police say three were in stable condition, and two others were treated and released.
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A FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest "like Rambo" opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before apparently committing suicide, police and witnesses said.
In addition to a shotgun, the gunman also had an undisclosed number of Molotov cocktails, but he did not use them in the attack, police said.
The shooter, who was not publicly identified, was found dead inside. He worked as a package handler at the sprawling facility, Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.
Investigators have an idea of what his motive may have been, but they were not prepared to disclose it yet, Pierce said.
Three of the wounded were hospitalized in critical condition, including two who were in surgery with life-threatening injuries.
The gunman first shot a security guard at a shack outside the building before heading inside, Pierce said.
David Titus, a FedEx truck driver, said he was just coming to work around 6 a.m. when he saw a security guard get shot in the abdomen. He said he heard more gunfire later from inside the building.
"It was chaos," Titus said. "Everyone was running, ducking and hiding, trying to get out of there."
FedEx clerk Liza Aiken said she was working when she heard something drop, looked to her left and saw the gunman.
"He had bullets strapped across his chest like Rambo" and held a knife, Aiken said at the entrance to a parking lot where employees had gathered after the attack. Before she could continue, a woman wearing a FedEx jacket told Aiken to stop talking and led her away.
The two people in surgery were a 28-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman. The third critical victim was a 22-year-old man, said Dr. Michael Nitzken of Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.
Another man, 38, remained at the hospital but was stable. Two other victims - a 42-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man - were treated and released.
The FBI and other agencies were working to collect evidence at the package center in Kennesaw.
The facility about 25 miles north of Atlanta sorts packages and loads them onto vehicles for delivery. It's next to the general-aviation airport for suburban Cobb County.
After the attack, police blocked roads leading to the FedEx center. Dozens of workers were taken by car and bus to a skating-rink parking lot to call relatives for rides. Some family members got out of their cars and hugged the workers. Several employees said they had been told not to speak with reporters.
The company offered no details about the attack, saying only that it was "focused on the needs of our team members and cooperating with the law enforcement investigation of this tragedy."
Later in the day, the man's car was towed from the scene and employees were allowed back to pick up their vehicles and go home for the day.
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