Gunman kills 2, injures 3 at truck rental firm

Associated Press / January 13, 2010

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KENNESAW, Ga. - Dressed in camouflage and armed with a handgun, a disgruntled former employee opened fire yesterday at a truck rental business in suburban Atlanta, killing two people and injuring three others, police said.

The gunman drove off and was arrested after police stopped him about a mile from the Penske Truck Rental facility, Cobb County police spokesman Joe Hernandez said.

“He wasn’t here for very long and it wasn’t long before he was taken into custody,’’ Hernandez said.

Penske spokesman Randy Ryerson said four of the victims were employees and the other was a customer. Neither police or Ryerson identified the suspect or released the conditions of those wounded.

The suspect worked at the business for several years, Hernandez said, but it was unclear when and why he left. The gunman confronted someone in the parking lot and moved to an area where there are truck bays, Hernandez said.

A man who witnessed the arrest said the suspect looked “out of his mind.’’

“The cops walked up on both sides of the truck; he opened the door and they threw him on the ground. He pretty much just gave up,’’ Michael Robertson said.

Penske said it was a very traumatic day.

“We want to extend our deepest concerns and sympathies for the victims of today’s shootings,’’ Ryerson said.

WellStar Kennestone Hospital spokesman Keith Bowermaster said four victims were brought to the hospital, and one died there. He also wouldn’t release any names or conditions.