6 injured at Atlanta FedEx facility

Package handler shoots six, kills self

April 29, 2014


A package handler decked out “Rambo-style” with an assault rifle and bullets strapped to his chest, opened fire on fellow employees at a FedEx facility in suburban Atlanta early Tuesday, wounding six people, three critically, before killing himself.

Six men and women between the ages of 19 and 52 have been taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Two of the shooting victims have injuries that are considered life-threatening, according to Dr. Michael Nitzken with the hospital.

Authorities said they are not looking for any other suspects, The Atlanta Journal-Consitution reports.

The man, dressed all in black, entered the 500,000 square-foot warehouse and began shooting at 5:54 a.m., said Sgt. Dana Pierce of the Cobb County Police Department. Police declined to name the shooter.

“We have one individual that is deceased that we are describing as the suspect,” Pierce said. “He is probably deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was located in the bay area of FedEx. We are completing the ground floor sweep at this point with the assistance of K-9.”

More than 100 officers from Cobb County, the Atlanta Police Department, the GBI, the ATF and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security searched the facility looking for any “secondary devices that the shooter may have planted or was a part of,” Pierce said.

A FedEx spokeswoman extended condolences to those affected by the shooting.

“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 spokeswoman Shea Leordeanu.


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