FedEx shooting victims doctor expects full recovery

by: Carl Willis Updated:

Christopher Sparkman's doctor, Barry Renz, said he's much better but he still needs to have some work done on his organs. He hopes that Sparkman will be able to go home soon.

KENNESAW, Ga - The trauma surgery director at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital expects a full recovery for security guard Christopher Sparkman, 28.

He was the most critically injured of six victims during a shooting at a FedEx sorting center Monday.

"(He's) much better than yesterday," said Dr. Barry Renz. "He has to have more surgery. We will take him back tomorrow to do some work on his organs, and hopefully he will go home."

Members of Sparkman's church home gathered at Trinity Fellowship to pray.

"Even though you're not blood family, it is family," said friend Tim Hemphill. "We're all optimistic. To see Chris progress positively in this state is encouraging." 

Hemphill was a groomsman in Sparkman's wedding and says the man who would have been at the church for choir practice on a Wednesday night is making a noticeable improvement.

"He looks good, as good as one can look," said Hemphill. "I think you can definitely see positive progressions."

Employees returned to work at the FedEx sorting center in Kennesaw Wednesday afternoon.

Officers hired by the shipping company greeted workers and checked IDs.

Police say 19-year-old Geddy Kramer shot Sparkman and five other co-workers before taking his own life.

"It is somber," said FedEx driver Keith McNeal. "A few people are back from yesterday and don't want to talk about it. The thoughts are with the family."

Those who know Sparkman say thoughts are with his family as he recovers and with the shooter's family as well. 

"We know that even though the gunman meant it for evil, God is going to mean it for good in the long run," said church member Josh Denard.

"If Chris were standing here he'd say we need to focus our prayers and our love toward (Kramer's) family," said Hemphill.

At last check Wednesday two other victims were still receiving treatment

A 52-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were listed in stable condition.


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