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FedEx issued a statement Friday after at least eight people were killed and several others injured at one of the company’s ground facilities in Indianapolis.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the company said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” at the loss of its colleagues at the FedEx Ground-Plainfield Operations Center at 8951 Mirabel Road, about 5 miles from Indianapolis International Airport.
“Our deepest condolences go to all those who are affected by this senseless act of violence,” wrote the company. “The safety of our team members is our top priority and we work fully with the investigative authorities.”
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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said in an early morning press conference that “preliminary information from on-site evidence” suggests the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The authorities have yet to identify the man.
IMPD spokesman Genae Cook speaks to a person searching for information on the people inside the FedEx building where 8 people were killed on Friday, April 16, 2021. Sagittarius took his own life too. (Indystar)
According to IMPD spokesman Genae Cook, at least four people were hospitalized, one of whom was in critical condition.
Another two people were treated on site and released.
Cook said police responded to reports of gunfire on Thursday shortly after 11 p.m. ET and the officers “came into contact with them [an] active shooter incident. “
“We’re still trying to find out the exact reason and cause of this incident,” she said.
According to WISH-TV, the scene was declared a “level 1 mass victim”.
The White House said President Biden would be informed of the shooting and the advisors had already contacted city law enforcement officers and Mayor Joe Hogsett.
Hogsett expressed condolences on Twitter.
“While law enforcement works to learn more about this tragedy, our prayers go with the families of those whose lives have been cut short.
“Many thanks to all first responders in our city for their tireless work over night,” he added. “Your quick response was an important aid to the injured in the shooting and brought a degree of calm to an otherwise chaotic scene.”
The MP André Carson, D-Ind., Who represents the district, tweeted that the shooting and praying had “broken his heart” for all those affected.
“I am communicating with the local authorities to find out all the details of the attack and my office is ready to help anyone affected in any way possible,” he said, later calling for changes and “now weapon security reforms!”
This event is the latest in a series of mass shootings in the United States
In March, eight people were fatally shot in massage shops across Atlanta and ten were killed in a shootout in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.
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The Associated Press reported Friday that the attack on the FedEx facility in Indianapolis alone was at least the third mass shooting this year and that a spokesman for the Indianapolis FBI office confirmed the agency is helping the police with the investigation.
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.