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Georgia FedEx gunman wasn’t enthusiastic about job

April 30, 2014

KENNESAW, Georgia (AP) — A gunman who wounded six colleagues in an Atlanta-area rampage didn’t seem enthusiastic about his job loading boxes but never mentioned problems with co-workers, his father said Wednesday.

Geddy Kramer showed up early Tuesday morning with a shotgun at the FedEx package-sorting center where he worked. He shot a security guard, then fired on those working in a large warehouse before killing himself. The assault sent workers running, ducking and hiding as they tried to escape the gunman.

“It was work to him. He didn’t go with a skip in his step every day but it was work,” said Scott Kramer, who lived with his son. “He didn’t have any grievances that I knew about. He didn’t say he had a problem with a co-worker or a supervisor or anything. He just said, ‘Off to work now.’ ‘Did you have a good day at work?’ ‘Well, you know, I loaded boxes and unloaded boxes and that was it.’”

Law enforcement officials have learned that coworkers at the FedEx center reported Kramer to company management for shining a laser scanner at people’s eyes, Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds said. Reynolds didn’t know if the conflict factored into the attack.

“I don’t know if we’ll ever get all the facts,” Reynolds said.

Cobb County police spokesman Michael Bowman said investigators found a note left by Geddy Kramer, but he didn’t know what the note said. Bowman said Kramer bought the shotgun and that investigators found the box it was sold in, but declined to say where he bought it.

Kramer’s father apologized for his son’s actions, asking that people focus on the victims of the attack. The gunman’s father and other relatives struggled to reconcile the shy young man who enjoyed camping and fishing with the one who went on the violent rampage.

“I feel like I’ve lost my son in a couple different ways,” Scott Kramer told reporters outside his home. “The person who did this at FedEx, I didn’t know. My son was somebody completely different.”

Three of the six people taken to the hospital Tuesday have been released.

Police were still sorting through evidence, including emergency call recordings, witness statements and physical evidence from the scene of the crime. They would not comment on what motivated the gunman or whether they believe he made threatening statements before the assault.

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Henry reported from Atlanta. Associated Press researcher Judith Ausuebel contributed to this report from New York.

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