Father: Gunman in Ga. rampage didn't seem enthusiastic about job at FedEx

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A Cobb County Police Officer speaks to FedEx employees and family members gathered at the parking lot of a skating rink located near the shipping facility where a gunman open fire in Kennesaw, Ga., on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. A shooter described as being armed with an assault rifle and having bullets strapped across his chest "like Rambo" opened fire Tuesday morning at a FedEx station outside Atlanta, wounding at least six people before police found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

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By KATE BRUMBACK and RAY HENRY, Associated Press

ACWORTH, Ga. (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 or supervisors, 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, authorities have said. 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 co-workers 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. One of the worst-injured, security guard Chris Sparkman, has already undergone two surgeries after Kramer shot him in the abdomen. He was listed Wednesday in critical but stable condition. Married for less than a year, Sparkman was working extra hours to boost his pay.

He was three minutes away from the end of his shift when Geddy Kramer attacked.

"This guy would do anything for anybody," said Richard Hemphill, the pastor at the church Sparkman attends. "He wouldn't leave his post, I guarantee you."

Police in Cobb County, north of Atlanta, were still sorting through evidence, including 911 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.

"They are still in the stages of trying to piece it all together," Bowman said.

Anthony Ward, 20, said he and two others were moving boxes near the main employee entrance when the man with a gun and ammunition strapped across his chest walked in.

"I thought it was a joke or a test at first he said, but then I realized it was not fake," he told The Associated Press Wednesday.

Ward added: "He came in and looked at me, but he didn't turn the gun toward me."

A manager shouted, "Gun!" and yelled to people to get out. Ward ran quickly to the opposite end of the building, shouting to others to leave the building, he said. When he got outside, he saw the security guard lying on the ground as a manager applied pressure to the wound in his abdomen, Ward said.