5 Shot, 2 Dead In Kennesaw Truck Rental Shooting

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Video: Disgruntled Ex-employee Opens Fire and Shoots Five People

  • Jessie James Warren, 60, of Temple, Ga., was arrested for the deadly shooting at a Kennesaw Penske Truck Rental facility where he used to work.
  • The shooting took place at 3011 Barrett Lakes Boulevard in Kennesaw, not far from Kennesaw State University.

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Accused Penske gunman Jesse James Warren, 60, asked for a court-appointed attorney during his first court appearance in Cobb Magistrate Court Wednesday.

Warren faces a long list of felonies, including two murder counts and five aggravated assault counts, in connected with Tuesday's workplace shootings that killed two and wounded three others. He's being held without bond at the Cobb County Jail.

"I cannot afford an attorney, but I would like to have an appointed attorney," Warren said to Magistrate Charles Chesbro during Wednesday's hearing.

Warren started the hearing reading through the warrants filed against him. He told the judge he understood the charges. When asked if he had any questions, he said, "No, sir." His next court appearance is set for February 9th. 

Cobb County Police described Warren as a "disgruntled ex-employee" accused of entering a Penske rental truck location in Kennesaw Tuesday afternoon and shot five people, two fatally.

Inmate Records from the Cobb County Jail show Warren, from Temple, Ga., was arrested about a mile away from the Penske Truck Rental location at 3011 Barrett Lakes Boulevard in Kennesaw, where the shooting happened.

Penske representative Randy Ryerson said four of the shooting victims were employees of the location and the fifth person shot was a customer.

Cobb police had originally said there were three people killed, they later changed that number to two deceased. One person was declared dead on the scene, the second died at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. All of the shooting victims were men.

11Alive's Center for Investigative Action was able to confirm from a Penske representative that the company had recently gone through layoffs. 

In a late afternoon news conference, Cobb Police Officer Joe Hernandez said Warren was being described as a "disgruntled ex-employee."

Police said Warren was taken into custody about a mile away without incident. Hernandez said the suspect was wearing a camoflauge jacket. They also have taken Warren's red Chevy S-10 pick-up away from the scene.

According to police, the suspect entered the business just before 2 p.m. and began firing at anyone he saw there with a handgun. Hernandez said Warren entered the business through a ground level bay area where the trucks are kept.

Police said one victim was shot in the parking lot of the location, while the remainder of the victims were shot inside the business.

Hernandez also said that the surviving victims were taken to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. They were all in critical condition as of 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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