Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Employee opens fire at FedEx sorting center

From the AP via the Houston Chronicle:

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.

More here.

This happens so often now that I've totally lost track.  When was the last shooting spree before this one?  I have no idea.  Indeed, this isn't even a front page story.  I stumbled across it while I was digging through the national and international news section of the Houston Chronicle online, which means the mass media is getting used to this stuff, too.

Think about that for a moment.  We're getting used to freaked out postal dude shooting sprees.  They happen seemingly all the time, and we're getting used to it.  Just another man-bites-dog story out of hundreds.  Never mind the gun control debate, what is it about living in this country that makes this so seemingly inevitable?  I have some speculative answers to that question, but it is deeply disturbing to feel like I need to ask it at all.