6 shot, 3 critical at Atlanta FedEx site

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A Cobb County Police officer (left) escorts a FedEx employee as he crosses McCollum Parkway leaving the blocked off area after an early morning workplace shooting at the Airport Road FedEx facility Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:49 AM
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KENNESAW, Ga.  — A FedEx employee wearing bullets 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.

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A FedEx employee (right) is consoled as other FedEx employees 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, in Kennesaw, Ga. At least six people were wounded before police swarmed the facility. The shooter was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.   JASON GETZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JASON GETZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS
A FedEx employee (right) is consoled as other FedEx employees 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, in Kennesaw, Ga. At least six people were wounded before police swarmed the facility. The shooter was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Three of the wounded were hospitalized in critical condition, including two who were in surgery with life-threatening injuries.

The victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds that were consistent with shotgun blasts, Dr. Michael Nitzken of Wellstar Kennestone Hospital told reporters at a news conference.

The gunman, who was found dead inside the facility, worked for FedEx as a package handler, Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce said.

David Titus, a FedEx truck driver, said he was just coming to work around 6 a.m. when he saw someone walk up and shoot a security guard in the abdomen outside the building. He said he could hear more gunshots after the gunman went inside.

"It was chaos," Titus said. "Everyone was running, ducking and hiding, trying to get out of there."

Authorities did not immediately offer any details about the gunman's identity or any possible motive.

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 while gathered in a nearby parking lot with other employees. Before she could continue, a woman wearing a FedEx jacket told Aiken to stop talking and led her away.

Aiken said she thought the gunman had an assault rifle, but Pierce said he was armed with a shotgun.

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, Nitzken said.

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 facility about 25 miles north of Atlanta is a hub where packages are sorted and loaded 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."

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corgimom
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corgimom 04/29/14 - 11:43 am
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It is so difficult to

It is so difficult to comprehend the depths of mental illness that leads someone to commit mass murder.

My prayers to all of the victims and their families and friends.

OJP
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OJP 04/29/14 - 12:07 pm
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Where were the "good guys with guns"

to stop this "bad guy with a gun"?

I ask the question seriously. That is a common retort to those who question the wisdom of "guns everywhere". Why wasn't this prevented by a bystander with a gun?

corgimom
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corgimom 04/29/14 - 12:53 pm
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I read that the shooter was a

I read that the shooter was a 19 year old male that worked at FX as a loader.

I don't believe that FX allows their employees to carry guns at work, so there weren't any bystanders.

The shooter had problems at work, and had been reported to his supervisors in the past for inappropriate behavior.

playlikethunder
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playlikethunder 04/29/14 - 01:15 pm
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@ OJP
Unpublished

YOU CAN BET FED EX, LIKE THOSANDS OF OTHER BUSINESSES ACROSS AMERICA DO NOT ALLOW GUNS IN THE WORKPLACE....

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 04/29/14 - 02:02 pm
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The workplace is a "gun free zone"...

...that works well, huh?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 04/29/14 - 02:16 pm
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OJP

Get your answer?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/29/14 - 03:46 pm
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This is
Unpublished

the second mass shooting we've had in the same general location in 4 years. We had a piece of toilet scum shoot and kill 3 at a Penske shop in 2010 (he sits in jail while his lowyer figures a way to blame the victims) and this is less than a mile from where this disaster happened this morning. Luckily the toilet scum took his own life rather than have some ultra liberal lowyer claim the victims were in violation of it's civil rights.

KSL
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KSL 04/29/14 - 04:09 pm
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If guard had a gun, he was

If guard had a gun, he was obviously caught off guard. I am not trying to be funny. Perhaps places with guards need support heightened awareness and training since there are so many crazies and unsocialized people out there.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 04/29/14 - 07:08 pm
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Corgimom, with regards to

Corgimom, with regards to mental health, it's only going to get worse (see the attached map) especially as long as there are governors like Nathan Deal.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/02/27/report-almost-...

OJP
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OJP 04/29/14 - 07:14 pm
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@Austin

Source?

OJP
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OJP 04/29/14 - 07:17 pm
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@Austin

Nevermind, I have seen one. That does explain why no one had a gun, or at least thought they couldn't. Is the gun free zone legal? If it were not there, would someone have stopped him?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/30/14 - 03:50 am
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Twisted -

- It's awfully hard to prepare for twisted.

Fed Ex is a huge organization. Even if his co-workers thought he wasn't "right", it's mighty hard to do anything about it.

There was a time when "weird" was enough to get you fired from a job. Nowadays "weird" is the new normal.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/30/14 - 06:46 am
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I'll side with Austin on this one.

The 1 Security Guard was quickly neutralized leaving every FEDX employee in harms way?

At least allow Supervisions to have firearms locked in their offices.

Having listen to newscasts and read various articles, the 1 thing that came clear to light was.

FEDX was more prepared from a Public Relations stand point than a Safety stand point.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/30/14 - 07:03 am
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FACTS AFTER SOME DIGGING in LONDON PAPERS

Authorities identified 19-year-old Geddy L. Kramer of Acworth as the shooter. His body was found near a shotgun.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce told reporters.
"That was the only weapon that he had at that time".

Police found and disabled multiple incendiary devices but refuse to discuss them at this time?????

Kramer drove a maroon Honda Civic past a security booth after shooting a guard shortly before 6 a.m.

He then entered the warehouse, shooting others, police said.

Kramer killed himself in a trailer at the warehouse.

FEDX Employee Atken, described him as an “immature little boy” because on Thursday he had been annoying her by pointing a bar-code laser scanner at her eyes. Aiken was escorted away from reporters by another FedEx employee before she could finish her story.

An older picture
http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/lt/lt_cache/thumbnail/400/img/photos/...

He shaved his head prior to the shooting.

The Typical
People who knew Geddy Kramer described him as quiet, respectful and polite. In the Acworth subdivision where Kramer lived with his father and younger brother, a neighbor said she often saw him mowing the lawn or walking the dogs. “He’s a sweet kid,” the neighbor said.

You never know about your neighbors do you?
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Additional Background Info on the shooter.
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/shooters-obscure-life-leaves-few-clues-in-a...

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/30/14 - 07:08 am
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Of course, superhero Austin

Of course, superhero Austin would swoop in with his gun and save the day. Until police arrived and saw him brandishing a weapon, shot first, and asked questions later. That's the problem with the wild wild west attitude the gun nuts have. Someone will fire a shot, then 20 people will whip out their manhood substitutes, no one will know who the real perpetrator is, and there'll be more of a bloodbath than there originally would have been.

Airman
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Airman 04/30/14 - 08:19 am
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Bodhisattva

Really, do you believe your statement? Did mommy and daddy warn you about playing with guns. Manhood substitutes? Give me a break. Gun totting Women should be insulted by this remark. In your scenario if 20 people were carrying weapons, they more than likely would have permits and good gun education, they may draw their weapons but would carefully access the situation, and I hope none of them would display their...oh never mind I was digressing.

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