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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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kenbushway April 29 2014 at 6:03 PM

Sorry to the families who lost a loved one, best wishes to all that are affected by this.

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Linda April 29 2014 at 1:31 PM

With all my Heart and Prayers may each person be touched and be healed. May God comfort each and everyone through this and bring them Peace. God Bless.

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DMJV5 Linda April 29 2014 at 1:32 PM

Amen

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Dale April 29 2014 at 4:00 PM

What was it--shot gun (as the doctor said wounds were consistant with) or rifle? Please get your facts staight and clear before reporting and posting!

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Eric Dale April 29 2014 at 4:15 PM

Clearly, this was an assault shotgun...

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bohol2528 Eric April 29 2014 at 4:28 PM

There is no such weapon. In fact, there is no such thing as an civilian assault rife either. They are look a likes yes, but they are not assault rifles. They do not fire full auto nor do they fire 3 round bursts that an assault rifle does. But being that most people are sheep and have no idea what an assault rifle really is, they buy this crap hook line and sinker. Only the army/marines have assault rifles. Civilians do not and never have had them.

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nvisiblegypsys Eric April 30 2014 at 8:26 AM

to disagree with bohol2528.......by U.S. military standard of 1917 ANY shotgun holding more than 5 rounds IS an assault (aka TRENCH) shotgun........I was a gunsmith for many years and read literally dozens of books on Mil Spec Stds......so PLEASE, do a little research before spouting off, you make us ALL look like idiots !........oh yeah, it doesn't take 3 rd burst capability to be labeled an assault rifle either.......as was the origional M1 Carbine Paratrooper ASSAULT rifle.........dolt !!

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Kim April 29 2014 at 1:33 PM

Praying for all victims

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chaparel April 29 2014 at 1:36 PM

How is a shotgun an assault rifle?

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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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teeveequeen April 29 2014 at 1:37 PM

here's what will be reported ...

if the dead shooter is black ... he was suffering from "mental illness" so therefore his actions should be EXCUSED from blame

if the dead shooter is white ... he did it out of hate & racism so therefore he was an EVIL person and his actions are UNFORGIVABLE

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ohogwash April 29 2014 at 1:43 PM

package handler - a stressful job as mgmt pushes you harder and harder …

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AL April 29 2014 at 1:44 PM

chaparel a shotgun with 00 buck shot with no plug at a range of 30 yrd or less is more deadly than an assault riffle as you put it. most killed in this country are with in that distance and the uses of any weapon with multy shells is deadly. Some Shotguns now have mags., but fully aout assault riffles can fire faster. So if you get killed by one or the other I don't think you would care to argue the point.

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lschirf13 AL April 29 2014 at 2:08 PM

His point is that the media is obsessed with assault rifles to the point they change the story. True assault rifles are only allowed by special permit. There is no such thing as accurate reporting anymore.

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ggwenomar April 29 2014 at 4:21 PM

OMG , I work for FEDEX

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