If Piers Morgan still had his show, he’d be lamenting, “How many more mass shooting are we willing to let happen until we as a society do something about guns?” While he’d be focusing on the “assault” weapon and all the ammo across the guy’s chest, we’d always point out a more meaningful and relevant detail that mass shootings very often have in common: The fact that most targets of mass shootings (like this FedEx location) are gun-free zones.
A FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest “like Rambo” opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before committing suicide, police and witnesses said.
In addition to a shotgun, the gunman also had an undisclosed number of Molotov cocktails, but he did not use them in the attack, police said.
The suspect, identified by police as 19-year-old Geddy Kramer of Acworth, was found dead inside. He 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 were not prepared to disclose it yet, Pierce said.
Three of the victims were critically wounded, though only one remained in critical condition by late afternoon. Police say three were in stable condition, and two others were treated and released.
Kramer first drove his car to a security shack outside the building and shot a guard there before heading inside, the news release said.
David Titus, a FedEx truck driver, said he was just coming to work around 6 a.m. when he saw a security guard shot in the abdomen. He said he heard more gunfire later from inside the building.
“It was chaos,” Titus said. “Everyone was running, ducking and hiding, trying to get out of there.”
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 at the entrance to a parking lot where employees had gathered after the attack. Before she could continue, a woman wearing a FedEx jacket told Aiken to stop talking and led her away.
So, in Piers-like fashion, how many of these types of shootings have to occur before we decide to do something about gun-free zones? How many more have to happen before we as a society decide that it’s better for every law-abiding citizen to be armed than it is for no one except police and criminals to be armed? How about a universal ban on gun-free zones?