FedEx employee wounds six coworkers, takes his own life at sorting center

By Land Line staff | 4/29/2014

An employee at a suburban Atlanta FedEx shipping center opened fire on his coworkers before taking his own life, according to police and media reports.

Six people were wounded when the assault began at around 6 a.m. on Tuesday at the packaging and sorting facility in Kennesaw, Ga. Three of the wounded were hospitalized in critical condition, including two who were in surgery with life-threatening injuries, according to The Associated Press.

The gunman, who was found dead inside the sprawling facility, worked for FedEx as a package handler, Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce told the news wire service. His identity has not been released.

Authorities did not immediately offer any details about the gunman's identity or any possible motive.

The facility about 25 miles north of Atlanta sorts packages and loads them onto vehicles for delivery. It’s next to the general-aviation airport for suburban Cobb County.

A statement on FedEx’s website confirmed an incident at the facility on Tuesday morning, but offered scant details.

“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,” the statement reads.

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