Police have identified the 19-year-old who shot six of his co-workers and killed himself early Tuesday morning at a FedEx in Cobb County. And the teen’s dad, Scott Kramer, said the family his dealing with their own loss even as they send out condolences to the victims.
Police said Geddy Kramer, an employee for FedEx, drove a maroon Honda up to the security guard shack at the business on Airport Road and shot the guard who reportedly had three minutes left to his shift.
Kramer, who was dressed in fatigue and bandolier, then entered the warehouse where he shot another five individuals, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. The teen then committed suicide inside a trailer, which was docked on the backside of the business, Pierce said.
A seventh person was received an injury to his knee while he was attempting to escape the immediate area where the shootings were taking place, Pierce said.
“First and foremost, our family would like to express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims of this morning’s tragedy and their families,” the statement read. “Our prayers are for their complete and speedy recovery. Our thoughts are also with all the workers at FedEx who were affected by Geddy’s actions.
“We make no excuses for his actions and are shocked and devastated by them,” Kramer stated. There really are no adequate words at a time like this. Our family would appreciate our privacy at this very difficult time.”
So far, police have not released a motive for the shooting or the names of the victims who were all transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. But they did release their conditions:
A 28-year-old security guard, identified through news reports as Christopher Sparkman, was in critical condition after undergoing two surgeries.
A 52-year-old woman, a 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were in stable condition after each was treated for a gunshot wound, Pierce said. And a 42-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were each treated for a gunshot wound and released, he said.
FedEx employee Liza Aiken said she saw the shooter just before she heard gunfire, the AJC reported. Aiken was doing address corrections on some packages when she said she “heard a clink.”
“I looked to my left, I saw him standing there and the knife was on the ground,” Aiken told the paper. “He dropped his knife. He had an assault rifle. He had bullets strapped to his chest like Rambo. I mean, he looked like he was heading into war.”
Other FedEx employees described chaos at the facility during the shooting, the paper reported.
“I looked down hallway and I see somebody run with a gun on the other side of the terminal,” said employee Randy Kitfield. “I thought, maybe it’s the cops; I thought maybe a bomb scare or something.”
Michael Hogeland, a ground driver, said “[My boss] called me about 6 o’clock this morning saying there was a guy inside (who) shot a security guard. He had a gun pointed at [my boss] and said, ‘Don’t worry about getting here on time.’”
FedEx released a statement Tuesday, thanking the hundreds of officers for their diligence and offering condolences to the victims and their families.
“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,” FedEx spokesman Scott Fielder said.
Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee also issued a statement thanking emergency responders and the medical professionals who are caring for the injured.
“As a community and as neighbors, we offer our support and prayers to the families impacted by the shooting,” Lee said.