Shotgun shells found in car of FedEx shooter

AP News
Posted: May 01, 2014 6:54 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — A can containing 55 12-gauge shotgun shells was found inside the car driven by a man who shot six co-workers at a FedEx facility near Atlanta, according to a court document filed Thursday.

Maps and a Post-it note were among other items listed in the document filed by a Cobb County police officer who carried out a search warrant on Geddy Kramer's burgundy 2006 Honda, which was parked in the facility's parking lot. Police have said that Kramer left a suicide note, but the document did not say if that was what appeared on the Post-it note.

The suicide note did not shed light on his motive for the shooting, said Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce, who said investigators may never know why the 19-year-old man shot others before killing himself.

"There is no rhyme or reason that anyone could pull out from that suicide note," Pierce said.

Statements from some of Kramer's co-workers initially led police to believe he might have been retaliating against colleagues or the company, but the investigation hasn't turned up evidence to back that up, Pierce said. Investigators are still reviewing evidence, he added.

Three of those shot have already been treated and released. Doctors on Thursday upgraded the condition of Christopher Sparkman, the 28-year-old security guard who was the first person shot and who suffered the most serious injuries, from critical to serious after several surgeries. Two others also remained hospitalized: a 52-year-old woman in stable condition and a 22-year-old man in good condition.

Sparkman's wife, Jamie Lynn Sparkman, thanked the community for well wishes and prayers and asked for privacy.

"My husband, Christopher Sparkman, is out of surgery and by the grace of God on the road to recovery," she said in a statement. "The recovery process will be a long one, but he will have the love and support of his family each step of the way."

Brandyn Stonebraker, a 19-year-old package handler, was also released from the hospital Wednesday after being wounded by pellets in his legs, arms, neck and abdomen, said his mother, Theresia Sutton. Sutton added that she's concerned about her son's psychological well-being, although he seemed to be in good spirits and ready to return to work after leaving the hospital.

"We really want to get him into some kind of counseling to make sure he doesn't have any stress from the trauma that he went through," Sutton said. "You never know with post-traumatic stress disorder, it can take awhile for it to kick in."

Kramer showed up early Tuesday morning with a shotgun at the FedEx package-sorting center where he worked. He shot Sparkman, 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.

Kramer's father, Scott Kramer, on Wednesday told reporters outside the house where his son lived with him that he can't offer any explanation for his son's actions. Geddy Kramer left for work at the same time as he usually did and gave no indication that anything was wrong or different, his father said.

The family doesn't keep guns in the house, and Scott Kramer said he didn't know where his son got the gun used in the assault. Police have said Geddy Kramer bought the shotgun and that investigators found the box it was sold in, but they declined to say where the gun was purchased.


Associated Press Writer Phillip Lucas contributed to this report.