In the wake of the shooting spree at an Atlanta FedEx warehouse yesterday, witnesses are coming forward saying that the gunman arrived at the plant looking "like he was heading into war."
The shooter - identified as 19-year-old Geddy L Kramer, a baggage handler from Acworth, Ga. - arrived at the 500,000 square foot FedEx airport plant at approximately 5:45 am EDT. He blasted away at a security checkpoint outside the building, hitting a FedEx guard, before storming the warehouse in a rampage, shooting wildly at anything that moved.
FedEx employee Liza Aiken told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she was auditing packages when she saw the shooting suspect. Geddy Kramer was dressed in black fatigues and a camouflage vest and armed with a knife and gun.
"He had bullets strapped to his chest like Rambo," she told the newspaper. "He looked like he was heading into war. As soon as I saw him, I ran the other way."
Aiken said she previously had reported the young suspect to her superiors after he pointed a work laser at her eye.
According to police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce, they were alerted by a numerous 911 calls that there was an active shooter in the building. More than 100 police and federal officers arrived at the sprawling FedEx hub and surrounded the building, but shortly before 9 a.m. police said that the man suspected of carrying out the shooting was dead. In the end, Kramer had pointed the shotgun at himself and pulled the trigger.
Kramer was also armed with several Molotov cocktails that he did not use in his attack, according to police.
All told, six people were injured in the chaos before Kramer ended the carnage by shooting himself, police said. EMS personnel rushed the victims to WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center. The six patients all had multiple gunshot wounds that appeared to be from a shotgun, Dr. Michael Nitzken said at a news conference.
Two men, 28 and 22-years-old, as well as a 52-year-old woman were listed in critical condition. Another 28-year-old man was stable, while a 42-year-old woman and 19-year-old man had been treated and were being released, Nitzken said.
As hundreds of police from multiple agencies converged on the bullet riddled warehouse on Monday morning, FedEx employees were escorted away in buses. They reunited with their families at a nearby skating rink.
The town of Kennesaw, Ga., where the shooting took place, has an ordinance requiring all residents to own a firearm.
A FedEx spokeswoman extended condolences to those affected by the shooting.