UNITED STATES, Indianapolis. Late on Thursday, eight people were shot dead by a 19-year-old at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, the police said.
At least four were hospitalized, including one with critical injuries. Two others were treated at the scene and many other people were hospitalized, Indianapolis police spokesperson Genae Cook said at a Friday morning news conference.
Cook told reporters that when the police arrived, the officers observed an active shooting scene at the ground facility. Early on Friday, FedEx released a statement saying it is cooperating with authorities to get more information. “We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport. Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected,” the statement said.
Police have identified the shooter in the FedEx incident as a 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole. He was previously employed at the facility, the police said, adding that the gunman killed himself with an apparent gunshot wound in the facility. No details were available of his motive.
Associated Press reported citing officials that police had seized certain items as evidence while searching a home in Indianapolis related to the shooter. Live video from news outlets at the scene broadcasted crime scene tape in the parking lot outside the facility.
At a joint news conference addressed by President Joe Biden with Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Biden said, “This has to end. It’s a national embarrassment. It is a national embarrassment what’s going on,” referring to the rise in gun shootings.
Last week, Biden unveiled a modest package of gun law reforms to stop the “epidemic” of gun violence. In order to expand background checking, legislation is before Congress, but it has no chance of being passed. And there is no movement towards banning military-style assault rifles that have been used most frequently in mass shootings.