Man shoots, wounds 6 at metro Atlanta FedEx center

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A Cobb County Police Officer speaks to FedEx employees and family members gathered at the parking lot of a skating rink located near the shipping facility where a gunman open fire in Kennesaw, Ga., on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A shooter described as being armed with an assault rifle and having 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. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

A Cobb County Police Officer speaks to FedEx employees and family members gathered at the parking lot of a skating rink located near the shipping facility where a gunman open fire in Kennesaw, Ga., on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A shooter described as being armed with an assault rifle and having 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. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

FedEx Employee Lisa Aiken, is embraced by a co-worker as other FedEx employees gather a skating rink following a shooting at the FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Ga., on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A shooter described as being armed with an assault rifle and having 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. “He had bullets strapped across his chest like Rambo, a huge assault rifle and he had a knife,” Aiken said. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

A FedEx employee, right, is consoled as other FedEx employees wait to meet their family at a nearby business after they were evacuated from the Airport Road FedEx facility after an early morning shooting Tuesday April 29, 2014, in Kennesaw, Ga. At least six people were wounded before police swarmed the facility. The shooter was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)

FedEx Employees and family members gather a skating rink following a shooting at the FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Ga., on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A shooter described as being armed with an assault rifle and having 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. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

FedEx Employees and family members gather a skating rink following a shooting at the FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Ga., on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A shooter described as being armed with an assault rifle and having 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. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

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KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — It was before sunrise when the young man drove to the FedEx package-sorting center where he worked outside Atlanta, armed with a shotgun and Molotov cocktails. At 5:54 a.m. Tuesday, police said, Geddy Kramer opened fire on a guard at the entrance to the business.

When he emerged from his car, a witness said, he had ammunition draped across his chest “like Rambo.” He shot more people inside the sprawling warehouse, police said, sending other co-workers scattering as gunfire rang out. One man injured himself trying to flee.

Kramer then made his way to a trailer where he killed himself, ending the rampage. Police declined to say what his motive was, but the explosive devices indicate his destructive intensions. The explosives weren’t used and all six victims survived their wounds.

“It was chaos,” said David Titus, a FedEx truck driver who was waiting to get into the center just before 6 a.m. when he saw a man walk up and shoot a security guard in the abdomen.

He said the man then went inside and more gunshots rang out from inside the building.

“Everyone was running, ducking and hiding, trying to get out of there,” Titus said.

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

“He had bullets strapped across his chest like Rambo” and held a knife, Aiken said.

By around 6 a.m., dozens of officers from multiple agencies swarmed the center about 25 miles north of Atlanta that sorts packages and loads them onto vehicles for delivery. The police secured the perimeter and blocked roads leading to the FedEx center. Dozens of workers were taken by car and bus to a skating-rink parking lot to call relatives for rides. Some family members got out of their cars and hugged the workers.

The suspect, identified by police as the 19-year-old Kramer of Acworth, worked as a package handler at the sprawling facility, Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce said. Investigators have an idea of what his motive may have been, but they declined to disclose it.

The package center was shut down and the entrance surrounded by crime-scene tape. The full investigation was time-consuming because authorities had to search every part of the 500,000-square-foot facility for evidence.

Later in the day, the man’s car was towed from the scene and employees were allowed back to pick up their vehicles.

Three of the victims were critically wounded, though only one remained in critical condition by

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