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FedEx employee threatened to shoot supervisors, 'everyone else' at local facility, police say

Cash bail set at $750,000 for Harrisburg man

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Posted 3/2/18

An employee of the FedEx facility on Fulling Mill Road in Lower Swatara Township threatened to “shoot the security guards and then come in the building and shoot everyone else” after …

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FedEx employee threatened to shoot supervisors, 'everyone else' at local facility, police say

Cash bail set at $750,000 for Harrisburg man

FedEx Ground, 111 Fulling Mill Road
FedEx Ground, 111 Fulling Mill Road
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An employee of the FedEx facility on Fulling Mill Road in Lower Swatara Township threatened to “shoot the security guards and then come in the building and shoot everyone else” after being suspended from his job Feb. 22.

Township police report Gary Drake, 59, of the 4000 block of Heathrow Court, Harrisburg, was arraigned on charges of terroristic threats to cause serious public inconvenience and risking catastrophe. Cash bail was set at $750,000.

Police report that Drake had been suspended from his job at a FedEx facility in the 100 block of Fulling Mill Road because of aggravated assault charges filed in August 2017 over an incident unrelated to his FedEx job. FedEx Ground is located at 111 Fulling Mill Road.

According to the criminal complaint, Drake approached a co-worker in a Harrisburg-area bar on Feb. 22 and told her not to go to work at her job at FedEx that night. He said he had been suspended and escorted to the gate, and his work identification taken.

“I will wait in the parking lot for [the shift supervisor and the head business manager], then shoot the security guards and then come in the building and shoot everyone else!” the co-worker told police that Drake told her.

He was upset, she said, that because he was suspended, he could not pay his attorney in the aggravated assault charge case.

Police asked the co-worker if she thought Drake was laughing or joking. She said “he was dead serious,” according to the criminal complaint. She said that she asked him if he was kidding and to “stop playing.” She again told police that he stated several times he was going to come to work and kill his shift supervisor and the head business manager.

Police secured an arrest warrant and took Drake into custody at his residence without incident. The arrest report did not note whether weapons were found at Drake’s home.

Prior to the arrest, police contacted FedEx security personnel. They heightened security, and changed the rotations of when their security officers went off and on duty. The employees who Drake allegedly threatened were advised not to come to work. FedEx brought in an armed guard to sit by the guard shack, and they changed the entrance and exit for vehicles at the facility. They kept the main gate closed, only opening it for when a vehicle left, which significantly slowed down operations, according to statements in the criminal complaint.

Court records state that police requested a high cash bail during a preliminary arraignment as a result of the severity of the charges. Drake was arraigned at the Dauphin County Judicial Center and sent to Dauphin County Prison after being unable to post the bail. He is listed in being in the prison as of March 1.

Drake is scheduled to appear before District Judge Michael Smith on March 7 for a hearing on the charges.

The alleged threats occurred while Drake was free on bail awaiting the outcome of the aggravated assault charge, which is pending.

According to online court records, a person with Drake's name and date of birth was charged with aggravated assault by Susquehanna Township police on Aug. 23. Drake was released after posting $10,000 bail on Aug. 24.

On Nov. 2, Drake waived his preliminary hearing on the assault charge before District Judge James A. Lenker, resulting in the charge being sent to Dauphin County Court.

Drake was to have been arraigned on the charge before county Judge Scott A. Evans on Feb. 2.