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At least eight people were shot dead and several others injured on Thursday after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility near Indianapolis Airport, police said.
FedEx said the eight people who died worked for the company.
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According to the police, five people were hospitalized after the shooting on Thursday evening. One of them had serious injuries, said Genae Cook, spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Another two people were treated on site and released. Cook also said the alleged gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Although it will take us some time to fully understand what happened, we know we lost eight team members to this pointless act of violence,” FedEx CEO Frederick Smith said in a statement.
Here’s what we know:
FedEx said the shooting took place at the FedEx Ground-Plainfield Operations Center at 8951 Mirabel Road, about 5 miles from Indianapolis International Airport.
According to Realtytrac, the FedEx Ground facility covers more than 328,000 square feet and is located at a few local schools, including Decatur Central High School, Decatur Middle School, and the Blue Academy.
According to company policy, most employees are not allowed to carry cell phones in the FedEx building.
“To minimize potential distractions during parcel sorting equipment and docking operations, cell phone access in certain areas of FedEx Ground field operations is restricted to authorized team members,” FedEx told FOX Business in a statement.
A FedEx representative told Business Insider that the company is in the process of reassessing its no-phone policy.
However, FedEx said its “immediate priorities are the safety and wellbeing” of its team members and working with law enforcement agencies.
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Craig McCartt, deputy chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, told the Today show that he understood the security measures in place at the facility to prevent shooters from getting too far into the facility.
“The physical security measures they had in place did what they were supposed to do and he didn’t get very far in this facility,” he said.
Police say it is too early to say if the shooter was an employee at the facility.
Here’s what next:
FedEx said the safety of its employees is a top priority for the company as it continues to work with the authorities.
“Our priority right now is to respond to the situation on the ground and help our team members and law enforcement,” said Smith.
According to Smith, FedEx has a “field team in Indianapolis that provides assistance” and “provides consultants.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.