FedEx guard wounded in shooting out of surgery, recovering - CBS46 News

FedEx guard wounded in shooting out of surgery, recovering

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS46) -

Chris Sparkman, the security guard who was badly wounded in the shooting at FedEx in Kennesaw, is out of surgery to repair the damage the shotgun pellets caused to his abdomen.

Sparkman was one of six people shot at the warehouse early Tuesday morning.

The gunman, Geddy Kramer, 19, committed suicide immediately after the shooting.

Kramer, according to police, shot Sparkman in the stomach with a shotgun. Sparkman's pastor, Richard Hemphill, said the blast ripped through Sparkman's abdomen, cutting through his intestines. If the blast would have been to Kramer's chest, Hemphill said he doesn't think Sparkman could have survived.

Sparkman's wife, Jamie Lynn, released the following statement Thursday:

"We have been overwhelmed by the show of support from the community. My husband, Christopher Sparkman, is out of surgery and by the grace of God on the road to recovery. The recovery process will be a long one, but he will have the love and support of his family each step of the way. I cannot express enough thanks for all the well wishes, prayers and care that Christopher has received. With that said, we ask for you to respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Chris Sparkman's congregation at Trinity Fellowship Church in Marietta sang and prayed for Sparkman's full recovery.

"The doctors are optimistic," the Rev. Larry Taylor said. "He still has a long road ahead of him. The next couple days are very critical, very crucial to his long term recovery. Everyone is optimistic about his long-term health."

Sparkman sings in the choir with his wife. The Army reservist married Jamie Lynn Sparkman last year. She has remained by his bedside the entire time. Members of their choir said they will pray and sing because they know Chris Sparkman can hear their prayers even though he remains in a coma.

"Chris is asleep right now, they are keeping him unconscious so he can heal before they do more procedures," Taylor said Wednesday night.

The gunman's father, Scott Kramer, told CBS46's Mike Paluska that he is also praying for all of the victims his son shot. Scott Kramer said he couldn't believe what happened and questioned what he did wrong as a father.

"I love him, and I miss him and I wish I knew him better," Scott Kramer said.

Members of Chris Sparkman's church said they understand that Scott Kramer is struggling to make sense of the violence and they are praying for him as well.

"Chris is a very strong young man, he is an American hero that served in the U.S. Army. If anybody can come through this, Chris can," Taylor said.

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