KENNESAW, Ga. (WXIA) -- Police say a 19-year-old FedEx worker shot six people at a facility in Kennesaw before killing himself on Monday.
Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the man, identified as 19-year-old Geddy Kramer of Acworth, started shooting just before 6 a.m. and was found about three hours later, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Pierce said that Kramer was a package handler and sorter. Officers found his body in a loading bay with a shotgun.
Kramer's family released a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying, "First and foremost, our family would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims of this morning's tragedy and their families. Our prayers are for their complete and speedy recovery. Our thoughts are also with all the workers at FedEx who were affected by Geddy's actions. We make no excuses for his actions and are shocked and devastated by them. There really are no adequate words at a time like this. Our family would appreciate our privacy at this very difficult time. Thank you."
Liza Aiken, who works at the facility, said she saw the suspect drop a knife shortly before he began shooting. She said he was dressed all in black with a camouflage vest, was carrying a weapon and "had bullets strapped to his chest like Rambo."
Aiken ran out of the door and was unharmed. She heard her co-worker start shooting.Six victims were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital.
According to Officer David Baldwin of the Marietta Police Department, a 28-year-old male is in critical condition. A 52-year-old woman is in stable condition. A 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old man are both in stable condition. A 42-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were treated and released.
A seventh victim was taken to the hospital for an injury suffered while trying to escape the gunman. Pierce said that person was not shot.
11Alive's Paul Crawley reported from the scene that FedEx employees were being turned away as they tried to arrive at work. Those who were already at work were held in a warehouse on the property. The facility was on lockdown and police closed several nearby roads, including Old Highway 41 between McCollum and Cobb parkways. All roads have since reopened.
Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman said investigators searched the area for secondary devices as protocol. Police used search dogs to go through the entire warehouse.
The FBI was brought in to investigate incendiary devices found at the scene. The devices, which reportedly resembled Molotov cocktails, did not go off.
Authorities are planning to sweep the area again to make sure there are no other devices.
Sgt. Pierce says police are also searching the suspect's car in the parking lot and it will take hours to process the entire crime scene.
Pierce says there is a security checkpoint at the FedEx facility, which is a half-million square foot sorting and distribution warehouse. It's not clear if the suspect started shooting before the checkpoint, or somehow got the gun through it.
Pierce says more than 100 officers responded from the Georgia State Patrol, GBI, FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, Atlanta Police, Gwinnett Sheriff's Dept., Fayette County officers, Acworth Police, Marietta Police and Kennesaw Police.
A Cobb County police spokesperson said they have an idea as to the gunman's motive. They are interviewing other people who may have been involved and are checking surveillance video for clues.
Aiken described Kramer as "quiet."
"We would joke around sometimes. I mean, I never thought would do something like this," Aiken said.
Another co-worker, Collin Harrison, said that Kramer seemed upset on Friday and then didn't show up on Saturday. Harrison said that workers aren't required to wear uniforms in that part of the facility.
FedEx spokesman Scott Fiedler released a statement at around 7:20 a.m., saying, "FedEx is aware of the situation. Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our team members, first responders and others affected. FedEx is cooperating with authorities."
At 9 :20 a.m. Fiedler issued a new statement saying: "We can confirm that an incident occurred early Tuesday morning at a FedEx Ground facility in Kennesaw, Georgia. 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."