COBB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) – The security guard injured in a shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility has filed a lawsuit against the company.
Christopher Sparkman, 29, was shot at point-blank in the abdomen when 19-year-old FedEx employee Geddy Kramer opened fire at the facility on April 29, 2014. Kramer shot five other people before killing himself.
Sparkman's lawsuit, which was filed in Gwinnett County Superior Court on Monday, alleges that the company failed to "exercise ordinary care to keep its distribution center…safe."
The suit says prior instances should have alerted FedEx that Kramer was likely to commit the shootings. The suit claims that Kramer, who was employed at the facility from July 23, 2013 until his death on April 29, 2014, "exhibited threatening and dangerous behavior toward other FedEx employees along with emotional and mental instability on multiple instances that would cause an ordinary, reasonable person or employer to believe that Karmer was violent and dangerous to himself and others and was likely to commit the foreseeable and preventable shooting of six people..."
According to the lawsuit, upper level management were warned "on numerous occasions" that Karmer had "exhibited mental instability," but did not take measures to protect its employees.
Since the shooting, Sparkman has undergone more than 30 surgeries. He was recently released from the hospital, but will have to undergo more surgery next eyar. His wife has spoken of the couple's financial difficulties since the shooting. According to the lawsuit, the Sparkmans' expenses have totaled more than $3 million since the shooting.
Sparkman was an employee of Allied Barton Security Services, which is believed to have been under contract with FedEx to provide security at the distribution center on Airport Road.
Sparkman is seeking damages related to past and future medical expenses, past and future pain and suffering, as well as his wife Jamie Lynn Sparkman's loss of spousal services since the shooting and into the future.
In a post on their website Monday, Chris and Jamie Lynn Sparkman said the lawsuit is "the opportunity for FedEx to deal responsibility with this situation." Her statement said:
This case is quite honestly the very last thing Christopher and I wanted to endure. We have reached out to them, unsuccessfully. This is the opportunity for FedEx to deal responsibility with this situation. We know everyone will respectfully have their opinions, and we thank you all in advance for your support. The future is unknown in many ways, but from what we have understood of that morning it's important to recognize these signs in our friends and coworkers to keep it from happening again. Please read and share this report with an open mind, and remember that we have no choice but to deal with this physically, psychologically, financially and emotionally for the rest of our lives.