At least six wounded in Atlanta-area FedEx center shooting, police say

Authorities say they found the alleged shooter dead of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot.

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Cobb County Police block off Old US 41 Highway after an early morning workplace shooting at the Airport Road FedEx facility Tuesday April 29, 2014, in Kennesaw, Ga.

A shooter opened fire at a FedEx center outside Atlanta Tuesday morning, wounding at least six people before police swarmed the package-sorting station and found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police rushed to the center after someone called to report an active shooter at 5:54 a.m. After surrounding the perimeter and working to clear the building, officers found the suspect dead, Cobb County police spokesman Michael Bowman said. He said there were no immediate reports anyone else had been killed.

"The officers are still 'sweeping' the area to confirm that there are no additional threats to anybody or officers," Bowman said in an email.

Six people wounded at the FedEx station were taken to nearby Wellstar Kennestone hospital, where spokesman Tyler Pearson said one victim was rushed to surgery with potentially critical injuries. Others were less serious.

"A lot of them were able to walk off the ambulance," Pearson said.

FedEx said the facility about 25 miles north of Atlanta is a hub where packages are sorted and loaded onto vehicles for delivery. It's located next to the general aviation airport for suburban Cobb County.

The identity of the suspected shooter was not immediately released.

The company was cooperating with police but had no details to release about the shootings Tuesday morning.

"We are aware from the authorities of the situation," said Scott Fiedler, a FedEx spokesman. "Our primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of our team members, first responders and others affected."

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