KENNESAW, Ga. — 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.
The man, dressed all in black, entered the 500,000-square-foot warehouse and began shooting at 5:54 a.m. ET, said Sgt. Dana Pierce of the Cobb County Police Department. Police declined to identify the shooter.
Police found the suspect about three hours later dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the loading dock area, Pierce said.
Michael Nitzken, a doctor at Wellstar Kennestone hospital, told reporters that two of the three critically injured patients have life-threatening wounds. A fourth victim is in stable condition. He said all the victims' wounds were consistent with shotgun blasts.
Nitzken said the victims are ages 19 to 52. One 42-year-old woman was released and a 19-year-old would be released shortly, he said.
Liza Aiken, a fellow employee, identified the gunman as a 19-year-old loader or package handler. Aiken told reporters that she was working nearby early Tuesday when she heard the "clink" sound of a knife hitting the floor, and looked up to see the suspect.
"He had an assault rifle. He had bullets strapped to his chest like Rambo," Aiken said. "I mean he looked like he was heading into war. As soon as I saw him, I ran the other way. I ran and made sure that people upstairs were gone. He was in all black. I think he had a camo vest."
She described him as a "good worker," but added that he "seemed just like an immature boy."
Aiken said she had a disagreement with the suspect last week when he kept shining a laser scanner in her eyes. She said she reported him to a supervisor when he refused to stop.
Aiken said she doesn't know if the altercation was a factor in the shooting or whether he was targeting her.
"He was quiet, friendly, we would joke around sometimes," she said. "I never thought he would do something like this.
More than 100 officers from Cobb County, the Atlanta Police Department, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the ATF and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security searched the facility for any "secondary devices that the shooter may have planted or was a part of," Pierce said.
FedEx employees arriving for the early morning shift were turned away, WXIA-TVreported. Those already at the facility were held in a warehouse on the property while the facility was placed on lockdown. The facility is located at Cobb County Airport-McCollum field.
FedEx spokesperson Scott Fielder issued a statement from the company saying: "Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected, and with their families and friends. We are grateful for the assistance of law enforcement. 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."
Doug Stanglin reported from McLean, Va.