News

6 hurt, suspect dead in shooting at FedEx facility

6 hurt, suspect dead in shooting at FedEx facility

FEDEX:Six people were hurt in a shooting at a FedEx Corp facility at a suburban Atlanta airport early on Tuesday, and the suspected shooter died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Photo: Saga Communications

By Tami Chappell

KENNESAW, Georgia (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire at a FedEx Corp facility in suburban Atlanta early on Tuesday, injuring six people before killing himself, apparently with his own weapon, police said.

An unidentified shooter was reported at the ground shipping facility of an airport in Kennesaw, Georgia, about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta, just before 6 a.m. EST, said Cobb County Police spokesman Mike Bowman.

FedEx employee Liza Aiken told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she was correcting addresses on packages when she saw a man dressed all in black and armed with a knife, assault rifle and a cartridge belt strapped across this chest.

“He looked like he was heading into war,” she told the newspaper. “As soon as I saw him, I ran the other way.”

Michael Hogland, a driver at the facility, told the paper his boss called him early Tuesday and said a man had shot a security guard.

Police did not immediately identify the shooter or his connection to the facility.

Two of the patients taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta were in critical condition and four were listed as stable, a spokeswoman said.

“Some were able to walk off the ambulance and others are in the operating room,” said hospital spokesman Tyler Pearson.

A FedEx spokeswoman extended condolences to those affected by the shooting.

“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,” said company spokeswoman Shea Leordeanu.

Hundreds of police from multiple agencies had converged on the scene. Bowman said the area around the building had been secured, and officers were clearing the incident location.

“This is still an active and fluid situation,” he said in a statement.

(Additional reporting by David Beasley in Atlanta; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; editing by Gunna Dickson)

Recent Headlines

in Local Sports

Petersen suspends one, dismisses another from UW football

Fresh
huskies university of washington uw pac 12 college logo

Washington announced that tight end Derrick Brown has been indefinitely suspended from the football team by head coach Chris Petersen for violating unspecified team rules. Additionally, defensive back Devon Washington has been dismissed.

in Local Sports

No.3 Vikings win exhibition at UBC, 1-0

wwuwsocceleb

Brianna Jones scored in the 10th minute as Western Washington University blanked University of British Columbia, 1-0, in a women's soccer exhibition game Friday evening at Thunderbird Park.

in Entertainment

This weekend’s celebrity birthdays

chappelle

Dave Chappelle, Marlee Matlin, and Scott Caan are among the celebs celebrating this weekend.

in Sports

Rose in, Lillard out for US basketball roster

Basketball

The U.S. national basketball team has kept Derrick Rose and cut Damian Lillard and three others, getting its roster down to 12 before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

in Local Sports

Seahawks use big first half to rout Bears 34-6

Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals cheerleaders perform during a preseason NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Diego Chargers, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Seattle.

Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, helping the Seattle Seahawks rout the Chicago Bears 34-6 on Friday night.