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2 dead in US shooting; suspect was ex-employee

world Updated: Jan 13, 2010 11:37 IST

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A disgruntled ex-employee stormed a truck rental business in camouflage and opened fire with a handgun, killing two people and critically wounding three others at his former workplace, police said.

The lone gunman fled the scene in a pickup truck and was arrested after police stopped him about a mile from the Penske Truck Rental facility, said Cobb County Police Officer Joe Hernandez. The names of the suspect and victims were not immediately released. "He wasn't here for very long and it wasn't long before he was taken into custody," Hernandez said.

As of late Tuesday, police had not released the name of a suspect. However, Cobb County police arrested 60-year-old Jessie James Warren on Tuesday afternoon near the site of the shooting. According to jail records he was at the exact intersection where Cobb police said they arrested the gunman.

There were conflicting reports about who the victims were. Penske spokesman Randy Ryerson said four victims were employees and the other was a customer, but police said none of the victims were customers. Hernandez said all of those shot were males. About two dozen employees were working at the office, which is northwest of Atlanta and consists of a couple of large buildings with bay doors, Ryerson said.

One of the victims died at the scene and another was pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, said Hernandez. The three surviving victims are in critical condition, said hospital spokesman Keith Bowermaster.

The suspect worked at Penske for several years, but it was unclear when and why he left.

The gunman first confronted someone in the parking lot before moving to the truck bay area, shooting victims along the way, said Hernandez. He did not try to enter the building's second floor, which houses a small administration office.

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