NEW INFORMATION: Employee opens fire at FedEx sorting center

By: Courtney Everett and AP Email
By: Courtney Everett and AP Email

FedEx confirmed there is an incident at its facility, located about 27 miles north of Atlanta. Here's a look at the latest picture from the scene.

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- 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."

The package center was shut down and surrounded by crime-scene tape. The full investigation is expected to take a long time because authorities have to search every part of the 500,000-square-foot facility for evidence.

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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KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- A witness says a gunman who opened fire at a FedEx center outside Atlanta was armed with an assault rifle, a knife and had bullets strapped across his chest "like Rambo."

FedEx clerk Liza Aiken said she looked up and saw the man before he opened fire inside the package-sorting station Tuesday morning. She was talking to a reporter outside when a woman in a FedEx jacket told her to stop and led her away.

Cobb County police say six people were wounded in the shootings and the gunman was found dead from a gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted.
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KENNESAW, Ga. (NBC NEWS) -- Police say the suspect in a shooting at a FedEx center outside Atlanta is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound.

The early Tuesday shooting wounded six people. They have been taken to a nearby hospital. A spokesperson says one of the victims was taken into surgery with potentially life threatening injuries.

According to Cobb County police spokesman Michael Bowman, the suspected entered the facility and began shooting at people, then ran from the scene.

He says police are still sweeping the package-sorting facility north of Atlanta to make sure there are no other threats.

Police have not reported any other deaths from the shootings that occurred before daybreak.

The suspected shooter's identity was not immediately released.
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KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- At least six people were injured in a shooting early Tuesday at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Ga., according to reports.

More than 50 emergency vehicles were at the scene, and the male gunman remained at large, reported NBC affiliate WXIA-TV.

Cobb County police said the call came in at 5:44 a.m., prompting a lockdown of the facility on Airport Road. Police are sweeping the surrounding area for the suspect. The injured were being taken to the hospital.

FedEx confirmed there is an incident at its facility, located about 27 miles north of Atlanta.

“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.”


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