On Thursday evening, a 19-year-old gunman named Brandon Scott Hole opened fire at a FedEx Ground facility near Indianapolis, killing eight people and wounding several others before reportedly killing himself. Hole was a retired FedEx employee, according to a Friday afternoon press conference held by Indianapolis’ Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt. While details of one possible motive continue to emerge – the shooter allegedly “was known to federal and local authorities and a relative reached out to the authorities to warn of the person’s potential for violence” – a clearer picture of what is happening on CNN is reported is also to light. Police officers begin to describe what is the deadliest mass shooting in the country since 10 people were shot in a grocery store in Boulder, CO … a little over three weeks ago.
McCartt said the shooting began almost immediately after the gunner left the facility. Police believe four people were shot dead in the parking lot before the shooter went inside and opened fire again. Two FedEx employees told CNN subsidiary WISH that they heard around 10 gunshots at the facility. Four other people were shot inside before the shooter shot and killed himself. Five more were taken to a local hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds, while two were treated on-site and released without additional medical attention.
Not much is known about Hole at this time and the police have not disclosed the names of the victims until all of their loved ones have been notified.
The shooting marks the 45th mass shooting in the United States last month, and it’s at least the 147th mass shooting in 2021. Earlier this month, a shooter targeting Asian-owned companies shot dead eight people, six of whom were Asian-Americans . (According to the armed violence archive, four or more people were killed in a mass shooting, with the exception of the shooter.)
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Some harrowing details seem to have been overlooked by media coverage so far. At least some of the victims were members of the Sikh community added to the list of black and brown communities targeted by armed men who were affected by the effects of gun violence. CNN also reported that FedEx employees were banned from using their cell phones at the facility and were unable to call their loved ones or, presumably, ask for help. FedEx released a statement Friday afternoon that this policy is currently under review.
The shooting also took place the day before the 14th anniversary of the third deadliest mass shooting in US history, when a 23-year-old student shot and killed 32 people at Virginia Tech.
Politicians were quick to respond to yet another case of mass violence as the country continues to grapple with the police killings of Daunte Wright and 13-year-old Adam Toledo. Indiana governor Eric Holcomb said Friday was “another heartbreaking day” and he was “stunned by the mass shootings”. President Joe Biden tweeted, “Vice President Harris and I were informed of the mass shootings at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. God bless the eight people we have lost and their loved ones, and we pray for the wounded to recover. We can and must do more to reduce gun violence and save lives. “And FedEx issued a statement saying the company was” deeply shocked and saddened. “
But without real legislative and systemic changes, mass shootings can and will continue to plague us. And thoughts and prayers from elected officials will not affect the continued armed violence that sweeps across the country.
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