Killer in FedEx Indianapolis shooting identified as 19-year-old former employee
Updated April 16, 2021, 10:10 p.m.
Authorities identified the suspect in a shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis as Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of Indiana.
During a press conference, Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt also confirmed that Hole was a former company employee and last worked for FedEx in 2020. McCartt said he did not know why Hole had left his post or if he had any connections with the workers at the facility. .
He said police seized a gun last year from the alleged shooter and the motive for the shooting had yet to be discovered.
McCartt added that authorities are still in the process of identifying the victims and not all of the victims’ families have been notified.
Deputy Chief Craig McCartt of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Investigators are searching a house in Indianapolis associated with Hole and seized evidence, including desktop computers and other electronic media, officials said.
Officials were unable to publicly discuss the matter and spoke to the PA on condition of anonymity.
The gunman killed eight people and injured several others before committing suicide at the FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said.
Five people were taken to hospital after last night’s shooting, police said.
One of them was seriously injured, police spokesman Genae Cook said. Two other people were treated and released at the scene.
FedEx said people who worked for the company were among the dead.
People kiss after learning their loved one is safe after the shooting.
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A witness said he was working inside the building when he heard several gunshots in rapid succession.
“I see a man come out with a gun in his hand and he starts shooting and he starts yelling stuff I couldn’t understand,” Levi Miller told WTHR-TV.
“What I ended up doing was ducking out to make sure he didn’t see me because I thought he would see me and shoot me.”
Police did not officially identify the gunman or say if he was an employee of the facility.
They said that “preliminary information from the evidence at the scene” indicated that he had committed suicide.
“We are still trying to determine the exact reason and cause of this incident,” Cook said.
Mass shootings in the United States
Biden ordered flags to be flown by half staff at the White House and in all public buildings until Tuesday.
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The flags are half raised White House and all other public buildings as a sign of respect for the victims of “senseless acts of violence,” the latest in a recent spate of mass shootings across the United States.
Last month, eight people were fatally shot at massage establishments in the Atlanta area, and 10 died in gunfire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colo.
It was at least the third mass shooting this year in Indianapolis alone.
Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot dead in January, and a man was accused of killing three adults and a child before kidnapping his daughter during an argument at a house in March.
Family members gathered at a nearby hotel to wait for news from loved ones, and some employees were taken there by bus for meetings in tears.
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But other relatives said they still had no information about their loved ones hours later.
Most employees are not allowed to carry their cell phones inside the FedEx building, making contact with them difficult.
“When you see notifications on your phone, but you don’t receive a text from your child, don’t receive information, and still don’t know where they are… what should you do? Mindy Carson said, fighting back tears.
Her daughter, Jessica, works at the facility and has not heard from her.
Family and friends are waiting for the word of their loved ones.
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FedEx issued a statement saying it was cooperating with authorities.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis,” the statement read.
“Our sincerest sympathies go out to all those affected by this senseless act of violence.”
A man told WTTV that his niece was sitting in the driver’s seat of her car when the gunshots erupted and she was injured.
“She was shot in the left arm,” said Parminder Singh. “She’s fine, she’s in the hospital now.