KENNESAW, Ga. -- Police say a 19-year-old FedEx worker shot six people at a facility in Kennesaw before killing himself on Tuesday.
Just before 6 a.m., police said Geddy Kramer of Acworth drove his maroon Honda up to a security gate, stormed out and shot the security officer point blank. Authorities say Kramer then walked into the building and proceeded to shoot five more people. About three hours later, Kramer was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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 man 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.
West Ridge Church posted a picture of the injured security guard, Chris Sparkman, on its Facebook page asking members to pray for him. According to church members, Sparkman's wife sings on the Sunday morning praise team. The couple was reportedly married less than a year.
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 four incendiary devices found at the scene. The devices, which reportedly resembled Molotov cocktails, did not go off.
Sgt. Pierce says police also searched Kramer's car in the parking lot.
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.
As bad as it was, police said it could have been worse. They said that the type of ammunition Kramer chose may be the reason there were no fatalities. He chose bird shot instead of buckshot or shotgun slugs.
Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said that Kramer was a package handler and sorter. Officers found his body in a loading bay with a shotgun.
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.
A co-worker who asked not to be identified because he was Kramer's best friend, said that Kramer's problems at work may have been the straw that broke the camel's back.
"Just how they treated him at work -- the management always complaining for him to do even more than what he was expected and him not getting paid enough," the co-worker said.
Bryanna Cunningham, a close friend of Kramer's, said she knew something was bothering him recently, but she would have never imagined what happened.
"I know he seemed a little depressed and I would talk to him about it but he's not very open. But when I did talked about it he'd, like, cut me off," Cunningham said.
Cunningham described Kramer as "really funny."
"If I was upset, he was very kind and I just don't know how this could have happened," Cunningham said.
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.
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"
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."