2 FedEx shooting victims remain hospitalized



COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Two victims of Tuesday’s shooting at the Kennesaw FedEx facility remain hospitalized.

After security guard Christopher Sparkman, 28, Melissa Shadow, 52, was the most seriously wounded.
Shadow, of Cartersville, was working at the FedEx warehouse when police say fellow employee Geddy Kramer walked in with a shotgun and opened fire, wounding six before taking his own life.
Sparkman took the brunt of the birdshot and was rushed to WellStar Kennestone Hospital.
Trauma surgeon Dr. Barry Renz was there when Sparkman arrived and said he was in surgery within 10 minutes.
“The first patient who came in, Mr. Sparkman, had a close-range shotgun blast to his left side of his abdomen with multiple injuries, intestinal injuries, soft-tissue injuries and organ injuries and he was basically bleeding to death,” Renz said.
Renz said surgeons were able to stabilize Sparkman, and after multiple surgeries, he is making a quick recovery.
Shadow came in next with serious birdshot wounds to her neck, torso and legs and was in surgery within an hour of arrival.
“She’s doing very, very well also. She’s recovering from her surgery and will probably be going home in the next couple of days,” Renz said.
Renz said the fact that the shotgun was loaded with birdshot, not buckshot, probably saved lives.
“The birdshot is as devastating as anything else close-range, but if you step back and get further away, it’s really not all that bad,” Renz said. “(Shadow) was a little further away from the shotgun, so the pellets were spread over her torso from the top of her chest to her knees, basically. She had pellets inside her chest, her abdomen and her thighs.”
The four other victims have been treated and released.

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