The shooter was also dead, said the police.
Indianapolis Police Department deputy chief Craig McCartt said at a news conference Friday the investigation “is still very much in its infancy,” and there are still questions that investigators are working to answer.
Late Thursday, gunfire broke out at the facility near Indianapolis International Airport when a gunman “got out of his car and pretty quickly launched random shots outside the facility,” McCartt said.
“It started in the parking lot,” he said, “and then he went into the building for a short time.”
According to McCartt, investigators heard that the shooting lasted only a few minutes.
The police were called into the facility around 11 p.m. and ended up in a “very chaotic scene with victims and witnesses walking around everywhere,” McCartt told CNN.
When officers entered the facility, McCartt told the press conference that “the situation was over”. The shooter took his own life shortly before the officers entered and no officers fired their weapons, he said.
“They found several injured and several deceased victims, as well as the also deceased suspect of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said McCartt.
The deputy chief added that nothing appeared to have triggered the shots – no confrontations or riots, no arguments. “He just seemed to start shooting by accident.”
It was at least the 45th mass shooting reported in the United States since March 16. CNN defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more victims – dead or wounded – without the shooter.
Eight people were killed, according to police. Four were found outside the facility and another four inside the building, McCartt said.
Indianapolis police released the names of the victims on Friday evening. They are: Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jasvinder Kaur, 50; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74.
Four of those killed were Sikhs, Maninder Singh Walia, a member of the Indianapolis Sikh community, told CNN. The Indiana community has grown in recent years; According to the Sikh coalition, the state’s first Gurdwara – a Sikh temple – was founded in 1999. Now the state has 10 gurdwaras and is home to an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Sikh Americans.
“Our community has a long way to go in physical, mental and spiritual healing to recover from this tragedy,” said Walia.
An IMPD statement said the next of kin have been notified by the Marion County’s Coroner’s Office. The cause of death will be determined after the autopsies are completed, the statement said.
The IMPD said the names of the injured would not be published.
At a Friday afternoon press conference, McCartt said four victims with injuries compatible with gunshot wounds were rushed to local hospitals Thursday night while a fifth were being treated in another county. Two other people were treated for injuries at the scene and released, McCartt said.
At the time of the shooting, there were at least 100 people in the facility, he said. Many were in the middle of a shift change or during their lunch break.
Rimpi Girn lives in Indianapolis and knew two of the deceased victims: Sekhon, a family friend who Girn thinks is an aunt, and Kaur, the mother of Girn’s sister-in-law.
Sekhon, a mother of two teenage sons, immigrated to the United States in 2004, according to Girn. She also leaves a husband, said Girn. She described Sekhon as a “workaholic and active person” whose “whole household was on her”.
Kaur also had two children – a daughter and a son, said Girn. She emigrated to the United States in 2018 and was the main breadwinner of the family. She sent money from her work at FedEx to her son, who lived in India, as financial support.
Sekhon and Kaur went to work together every day and worked the same night shift, Girn said. “They didn’t want a night shift anymore, they wanted a day shift.”
Police identified the assassin as 19-year-old Brandon Hole.
Hole was a former employee of the facility and last worked there in 2020, McCartt said.
FedEx previously declined to name him, but spokesman Jim Masilak confirmed that the shooter had previously worked at the facility where the shooting took place.
FBI specialty agent Paul Keenan said the FBI assisted Indianapolis police investigators in searching the man’s home.
The shooter had at least one gun, and McCartt told CNN the man allegedly “somehow carried a rifle” during the shooting.
Hole’s mother told law enforcement in March 2020 that he could attempt a “cop suicide,” the Indianapolis FBI office said in a statement.
Hole was placed on “temporary detention for mental health” by Indianapolis police, Keenan said in the statement, and a shotgun was confiscated from his home.
“Based on items seen in the suspect’s bedroom at the time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020,” the statement said. “During the course of the investigation, no Racial Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified and no criminal offense was identified. The shotgun was not returned to the suspect.”
The IMPD announced on Saturday that Hole had legally purchased two guns that were used in the attack.
“During the incident on Thursday, suspect Brandon Hole was seen using assault rifles in the attack,” the department said. “ATF has tracked the two guns. IMPD learned that Brandon Hole legally purchased the rifles in July and September 2020.”
In a statement on Saturday, Hole’s family said they had “tried to get him the help he needed”.
“Our sincere and sincere apologies to the victims of this pointless tragedy,” said a statement to CNN subsidiary WRTV. “We are so sorry for the pain and hurt their families and the entire Indianapolis community have felt.”
The motive remains unknown, said McCartt on Friday afternoon.
But now that the shooter has been identified, investigators could begin investigating a potential motive, McCartt said.
“We recently identified it, so the work now really starts with figuring out something and seeing if we can find a motive for it, but we don’t have that right now,” he said.
When asked about a motive on Friday morning, Keenan said, “It would be premature to speculate on that motivation.”
But officials believe there is “no other threat,” he said.
Correction: In an earlier version of this article, the names of Amarjit Sekhon and Karli Smith were incorrectly given based on information from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The name and age of Jasvinder Kaur have also been corrected.
CNN’s Sahar Akbarzai, Madeline Holcombe, Harmeet Kaur, Jason Hanna, Jason Carroll, Meridith Edwards, Amanda Watts, Alta Spells, Kay Jones, Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz contributed to this report.