- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

UPDATED:

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

The lone gunman drove off in a pickup truck and was arrested after police stopped him about a mile (1.6 kilometers) 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 immediately 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, shooting victims, Hernandez said.

A man who witnessed the arrest said the suspect looked “out of his mind” and “all drugged up.”

“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 told The Associated Press.

The shooting happened in Kennesaw, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta.

Associated Press writer Greg Bluestein in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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