3 critical after Atlanta shooting

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 30.04.14

Kennesaw (Georgia), April 29 (Reuters): A FedEx Corp package handler armed with a shotgun opened fire at a shipping facility in suburban Atlanta early today, injuring six persons before killing himself, apparently with his own weapon, police and hospital officials said.

Three persons were in critical condition, two of them with life-threatening injuries, after being shot by the unidentified gunman just before 6am EST at a FedEx warehouse near the airport in Kennesaw, Georgia, about 48km northwest of Atlanta, police and hospital officials said.

FedEx employee Liza Aiken told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution she was correcting addresses on packages when she saw a 19-year-old colleague dressed all in black and armed with a knife, gun and a cartridge belt strapped across this chest.

“He had bullets strapped to his chest like Rambo,” she told the newspaper. “He looked like he was heading into war.”

Aiken said she previously had reported the man to her superiors after he pointed a work laser at her eye.

Michael Hogland, a driver at the facility, told the paper his boss called him early today and said a security guard was among the shooting victims.

Law enforcement did not immediately identify the shooter, who worked as a package handler, said Cobb County Police spokesman Mike Bowman.

No motive was given for the attack.