At least eight people died in a shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late Thursday, and the shooter allegedly committed suicide, police said.
Here’s what we know about the shooting so far.
Police said officers arrived at the facility shortly after 11 p.m. and responded to a report that shots had been fired.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department deputy chief Craig McCartt said at a news conference Friday that officials “found a very messy and active crime scene,” including several injured and several dead. Among them was the shooter with “an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound,” he said.
Chief McCartt said that, based on preliminary interviews, the shooter “started random shots outside the facility pretty quickly” after getting out of his car. The shooting took place both in the parking lot and in the building and ended in “just a few minutes”.
Officer Genae Cook said at least five other people had been hospitalized with injuries, including one person in critical condition. Two more were treated on the spot and released.
The victims are identified.
The victims were identified by police as Matthew R. Alexander, 32, on Friday. Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74. Some family members of victims who are Sikh gave different spellings and age groups: Jasvinder Kaur, 50; Amarjit Sekhon, 49; and Jaswinder Kaur Singh, 70.
At least four of the eight victims were part of the local Sikh community, many of whom had moved to the Indianapolis area to work at places like the FedEx facility.
“We are sad to confirm that at least four of the people killed in the Thursday night attacks are members of the Sikh community in Indianapolis,” the Sikh coalition, a national non-profit organization, said on Twitter.
Although the gunman’s motive was unknown, local leaders said his actions created fear, much like many Sikhs did after the 9/11 attacks when they were targeted and confused for Muslims and after a 2012 killing spree by a white man Supremacist who killed six people in a Gurdwara or Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
The suspect is identified.
Officials identified the suspect when Brandon Scott Hole, 19. FedEx confirmed the shooter was a former employee.
According to the head of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Mr. Hole legally purchased two semi-automatic rifles that he had used in the attack more than six months earlier.
In March 2020, police seized a shotgun from Mr. Hole after his mother raised concerns about his mental health, records show.
But the boss, Randal Taylor, said the fact that Mr. Hole was legally able to make the recent gun purchases suggested that despite his mother’s warnings and police seizure of a gun, authorities were failing him classified as Indian. called the Red Flag Law, which prohibits people who are judged dangerous by a judge if they have a firearm.
Sarah Bahr reported from Indianapolis and Mike Ives from Hong Kong. Derrick Bryson Taylor contributed to coverage from London.