Gunman dead after injuring 6 at FedEx facility in Ga.


by Larry Copeland, USA TODAY

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 6:49 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 9:01 AM

KENNESAW, Ga. – A package handler opened fire on fellow employees at a FedEx facility in suburban Atlanta early Tuesday, injuring six people before killing himself.

The victims -- including one in critical condition -- were taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

Police found the suspect dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while sweeping the area, according to Cobb County police spokesman Dana Pierce.

Cobb County police continued search the facility for possible "secondary incendiary devices."

Several bomb squads from metro Atlanta police agencies have arrived at the facility, near Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field. It was not immediately clear whether authorities had specific information about possible devices or were taking normal precautionary measures.

Police used search dogs to go through the entire warehouse.

One witness identified the suspect as a package handler and sorter, WXIA-TV reports. He is believed to have been armed with a shotgun and pistols.

The gunman reportedly went through the normal security checks on arrival at the facility Tuesday morning, the Atlanta TV station reports.

Pierce said the body of the unidentified suspect was found in the loading dock area.

Michael Hogland, a ground driver at the FedEx facility at McCollum Field, said his supervisor told him that the gunman had shot a security guard and had pointed a gun at him, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.