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Doctor: 3 victims critical in Ga. FedEx shootings

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- A doctor says three victims are in critical condition - and two of them with life-threatening wounds - after they were shot multiple times at a FedEx station outside Atlanta.

In all, six people were wounded in the shootings Tuesday morning, and the suspected gunman was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

Dr. Michael Nitzken at Wellstar Kennestone hospital told reporters two of the victims had been treated and released while a third remained at the hospital and was stable. He said each of them had wounds consistent with shotgun blasts.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A package handler with an assault rifle and bullets strapped across his chest "like Rambo" opened fire Tuesday morning at a FedEx station outside Atlanta, wounding at least six people before police found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, police and witnesses said.

Two of the victims were in critical condition after police rushed to the center at 5:54 a.m. to respond to a call about a gunman, said Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce. He said the gunman, who was found dead inside the package-sorting facility, worked for FedEx as a package handler.

FedEx clerk Liza Aiken said she was working inside when she heard something drop, looked to her left and saw the gunman.

"He had bullets strapped across his chest like Rambo, a huge assault rifle and he had a knife," Aiken said in a parking lot where employees were gathering near the station. Before she could continue, a woman wearing a FedEx jacket told Aiken to stop talking and led her away.

Six people wounded at the FedEx station were taken to nearby Wellstar Kennestone hospital. While two were considered critical, others had less serious injuries.

"A lot of them were able to walk off the ambulance," said hospital spokesman Tyler Pearson.

David Titus, a FedEx truck driver, said he was just coming to work when he saw someone walk up and shoot a security guard in the abdomen outside the building. He said he could hear more gunshots after the gunman went inside.

"It was chaos," Titus said. "Everyone was running ducking and hiding, trying to get out of there."

FedEx said the facility about 25 miles north of Atlanta is a hub where packages are sorted and loaded onto vehicles for delivery. It's located next to the general aviation airport for suburban Cobb County.

Police kept roads leading to the FedEx station blocked after the shooting. Dozens of workers were taken by car and bus to the parking lot of a skating rink about a half-mile away to call relatives for rides. Some family members got out of their cars and hugged the workers. Several employees said they had been told not to speak with reporters.

The identity of the gunman was not immediately released and police did not discuss a motive.

The company was cooperating with police but had no details to release about the shootings.

A FedEx statement said: "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."

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m4christ2 April 29 2014 at 3:30 PM

so tired of hearing about people shooting people just for the hey of it. WHY WHY WHY

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jxn55 April 29 2014 at 4:53 PM

I must agree with Betty Dean. More and more of this is happening at alarming rates !! Sad to say, but this great Nation is in a flux, bankrupt morally and spiritually

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Rich jxn55 April 29 2014 at 5:08 PM

Actually, if you go "by the numbers" less and less of this is happening. But the media won't report on that as it goes contrary to the agenda.

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pmoore40 jxn55 April 30 2014 at 7:31 AM

jxn55, no it's not. It's happening less and less but that isn't what the left wants you to know. Doesn't fit their agenda.

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tallbussys April 29 2014 at 2:48 PM

Fed Ex is now going "postal" ? ! ?

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shindogdiggity88 April 29 2014 at 1:28 PM

Didn't Ga. just pass a law allowing more people to legally carry concealed firearms in more places?

I wonder if FedEx has a company policy against its employees carrying firearms for self defense?

Also, how would somebody see "bullets strapped to his chest" if he had an "assault rifle"?
"Assault rifles" keep their bullets contained inside removable box magazines, and the bullets themselves are not clearly visible.
The only way the bullets would have been visibly strapped to his chest is if he had something along the lines of a shotgun or lever action rifle.

However, my heart goes out to the families of the victims, and the victims themselves....

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Afantos Aetos shindogdiggity88 April 29 2014 at 1:35 PM

''I think he was carrying two weapons

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mordus67 shindogdiggity88 April 30 2014 at 11:35 AM

I work for fedex and they have a no carry policy.

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justoldog April 29 2014 at 1:47 PM

"Several employees said they had been told not to speak with reporters."---WHY??

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jyrkpcnp April 29 2014 at 2:46 PM

Gun violence is a public health problem! Promote healthy living!

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fbsford April 29 2014 at 1:30 PM

AOl always wants to bring up assault rifles with any shooting. Doctor says shotgun blasts, AOL says assault rifle. If he had an assault rifle which are illegal to buy unless he had an NFA trust and most likely 10-20K to purchase one, he would not have "bullets" attached to his chest. Most likely they were shotgun shells because if it were an assault rifle he would have magazines and you couldn't see the bullets. This is a terrible event that occurred and I hope the security guard and others injured make it out alive to.

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summerctz fbsford April 29 2014 at 1:45 PM

Thank you for educating the ignorant.

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rwdilla April 29 2014 at 1:24 PM

This world and the people in it are Completely Insane. Kill yourself and leave others alone

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xymaca rwdilla April 29 2014 at 1:42 PM

Too bad that even if they kill only themself with the gun, they're still hurting others mentally (those that witness the act as well as their friends and family. Just plain sad all around.

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moeelmore April 29 2014 at 5:52 PM

Its amazing how many geniuses there are out there who can take an obviously only partially correct or complete press release and make such sweeping uninformed comments. The arrogance and ignorance is astounding. I am soooo impressed.

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roadzz April 29 2014 at 5:56 PM

So the hospital said the victims all had shotgun wounds, but of course the loony tunes media is screaming Assault Rifle.

Is there a real journalist ANYWHERE out there ?

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