A neighbor who knew the man suspected of opening fire at a FedEx warehouse says that the 19-year-old had often joked about shooting up his workplace.
Authorities say the suspected shooter, identified as Geddy Kramer, was found dead inside the building with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Hundreds of law enforcement swarmed the scene Tuesday after police say Kramer opened fire at the Atlanta-area warehouse just before 6 a.m. EST. According to the Associated Press, a witness said that the gunman was carrying an assault rifle, knife and had bullets strapped across his chest "like Rambo."
Police also found several homemade explosives around the facility, but none had been detonated.
At least six people were injured, with injuries ranging from minor to requiring surgery.
One of the injured, a 28-year-old man, remains in critical condition after surgery. A 52-year-old woman also had surgery, but officials say she is stable. Among the others hurt: a 42-year-old woman and two men ages 38 and 19.
Some who knew Kramer told CBS Atlanta that after news of the shooting broke, it wasn't hard to put two and two together.
"I remember Geddy would always joke around about shooting up his workplace," Lucas Dziedzic told CBS Atlanta. "I know he joked about it, and when I saw what happened on the news it added up it was him."
Dziedzic told CBS Atlanta that he was the one who helped get Kramer the job at FedEx.
Kramer's girlfriend told CBS Atlanta that he struggled with depression.
CBS Atlanta published a statement from the Kramer family. Full text below:
"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. 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. There really are no adequate words at a time like this. Our family would appreciate our privacy at this very difficult time. Thank you."
FedEx also released a statement:
"We can confirm that an incident occurred early Tuesday morning at a FedEx Ground facility in Kennesaw, Georgia. 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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