A GUNMAN allegedly killed four outside the warehouse before rampaging inside and killing four others.
Police identified the shooter as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole. Cops say that the shooter died at the scene and was found with self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
Five people were hospitalized after the Thursday night shooting, according to police.
Police spokesperson Genae Cook said one of them had critical injuries.
Another two people were treated and released at the scene. FedEx said people who worked for the company were among the dead.
A witness said that he was working inside the building when he heard several gunshots in rapid succession.
“After a preliminary search we have located eight people at the scene with injuries with gunshot wounds,” Indianapolis police spokesperson Genae Cook told reporters this morning.
“Those eight were pronounced deceased at the scene.”
“We’re still trying to ascertain the exact reason and cause for this incident,” Cook said.
Read our Fedex shooting live blog below for the very latest news and updates…
CITY’S THIRD MASS SHOOTING OF 2021
The FedEx shooting is Indianapolis’s third mass shooting of this year.
The mayor of Indianapolis, Joe Hogsett, told reporters of the “scourge of gun violence that has killed far too many” in his city and in the US.
“What we are left with this morning is grief,” he said, “grief for the families of those killed, grief for the employees who have lost their co-workers and grief for the many Americans struggling to understand how tragedies like this continue to occur, again and again.”
Police in Indianapolis have released the names of the eight people killed in the FedEx shooting.
A statement from Indianapolis Metro Police Department read:
“Earlier this evening the Marion County Coroner’s Office (MCCC) was able to positively identify the deceased victims of last night’s shooting and make proper notification to the next-of-kin.
“The deceased victims were identified as, 32-year-old Matthew R Alexander, 19-year-old Samaria Blackwell, 66-year-old Amarjeet Johal, 64-year-old Jasvinder Kaur, 68-year-old Jaswinder Singh, 48-year-old Amarjit Skhon, 19-year-old Karlie Smith, and 74-year-old John Weisert.
“The MCCC will determine the causes of death after autopsies are completed.
“The names of the other victims are not being released.”
VICTIMS TO BE NAMED
Police in Indianapolis are preparing to release the names of the victims tonight at 8:15pm local time.
A tweet from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department said: “IMPD has coordinated with the Marion County Coroner’s Office and is planning to release the names of the deceased victims at 8:15pm this evening.”
Eight people were killed when suspected gunman Brandon Scott Hole opened fire on a FedEx facility near Indianapolis International Airport on Thursday night.
VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS SPEAKS OUT ON TRAGEDY
The Vice President shared her condolences in a tweet on Friday afternoon following the tragic shooting.
“Our nation grieves with the families who lost loved ones in Indianapolis and we pray that those who were wounded recover quickly,” she wrote.
“As I said last week, we’ve had more tragedy than we can bear and solutions to prevent gun violence exist. @POTUS and I urge Congress to act.”
BRANDON SCOTT HOLE WAS FIRED FROM FEDEX
At a news conference on Friday, Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt revealed that Hole was a former employee of FedEx and last worked for the company in 2020.
McCartt said he did not know why Hole left the job or if he had ties to the workers in the facility.
The gunman took his own life and police didn’t fire, McCartt said. No motive has yet been determined.
FBI STATEMENT ON HOLE’S PRIOR ARRESTS
JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES FOR VICTIMS
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that he would like to “express condolences to the victims” during a meeting with President Biden.
The prime minister was meeting with the president in the State Dining Room of the White House on Friday afternoon.
It was Biden’s first in-person bilateral meeting at the White House.
The prime minister made the comments on FridayCredit: AFP
HOLE’S FAMILY WARNED COPS OF HIS POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE
Brandon Scott Hole had two prior arrests before Thursday night’s deadly rampage, in 2013 and March 2020.
He had previously been investigated by the FBI after his family said he might try to “commit suicide by cop.”
In his March arrest, Keenan said Hole was “placed on immediate detention mental health temporary hold by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.”
“A shotgun was seized at his residence,” Kennan added. “Based on items observed in the suspects bedroom at that time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020.”
Following that interview, Keenan said “No Rationally Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the courts of the assessment and no criminal violation was found.”
The shotgun was then “returned to the suspect”, Keenan said.
FBI ‘SEIZED EVIDENCE’ FROM HOME ASSOCIATED WITH HOLE
The investigators searched a home in Indianapolis associated with Hole and seized evidence, including desktop computers and other electronic media, officials told the Associated Press.
The officials could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
FEDEX CEO SENDS MESSAGE TO TEAM MEMBERS
Frederick W Smith, FedEx chairman and CEO, released a message to his employees following the tragic shooting.
“It is with a heavy heart that I write to you regarding the tragedy that occurred at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis last night. While it will take some time to fully understand what happened, we know we lost eight team members in this senseless act of violence.
“First and foremost, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and co-workers of those team members. Our priority right now is in responding to the situation on the ground and helping our team members and law enforcement. We have a team onsite in Indianapolis to provide support, and we are making counselors available.
“This is a devastating day, and words are hard to describe the emotions we all feel. Please keep the Indianapolis team and surrounding community in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to support and care for each other in the difficult days ahead.”
The chairman and CEO issued a statement on FridayCredit: Alamy
PRESIDENT BIDEN TWEETS ABOUT INDIANAPOLIS
The president published a tweet regarding today’s shooting just after 3pm ET.
“Vice President Harris and I have been briefed on the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.
“God bless the eight individuals we lost and their loved ones, and we pray for the wounded for their recovery. We can, and must, do more to reduce gun violence and save lives.”
‘FBI ALREADY INVESTIGATED SHOOTER’
According to CNN, the FBI had already investigated the FedEx shooter in the past.
This follows reports that the alleged gunman’s family warned authorities about his potential for violence before the mass shooting.
The shooter pulled a rifle out of his trunk and started shooting for up to two minutes during a FedEx night shift change, witnesses claimed.
HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI COMMENTS ON SHOOTING
The House Speaker commented on the mass shooting that left at least eight people dead.
“As we pray for the families of all affected, we must work urgently to enact commonsense gun violence prevention laws to save lives & prevent this suffering.”
CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU SPEAKS OUT
Ted Lieu is one of the latest politicians to speak out on Thursday night’s horrific shooting.
The Congressman said on Twitter: “Another mass shooting, this time in Indianapolis.
“The House of Representatives has passed gun safety legislation to the Senate. Time for the Senate to act.”
FEDEX REVIEWING NO-PHONE POLICY
FedEx prohibits employees from having their phones with them while they are working.
However, this rule has come under scrutiny after employees who were working at the time of the mass shooting struggled to contact loved ones.
The company told Business Insider it is reconsidering the policy in the wake of the incident.
The company is reconsidering the policyCredit: Getty
AUTHORITIES WERE WARNED ABOUT SUSPECT’S POTENTIAL – SOURCES
Sources told CNN that authorities were warned about the suspect’s potential for violence in the past.
The gunman was reportedly known to federal and local authorities before the attack.
The reporter added that a family member of the suspect reached out to authorities to warn them about his potential.
However, it is not clear when the warning was issued and if it was tied to this shooting.
PHOTOS SHOW FBI LEAVING SUSPECT’S HOUSE
Photographs from the residence have shown the FBI leaving the suspected gunman’s house holding two computers.
Another image showed them holding cardboard boxes, however it is not clear if anything is inside of them.
The footage was exclusively captured by WTHR on Friday afternoon.
One person was holding computersCredit: WTHR
Another was holding cardboardCredit: WTHR
BODIES ARE REMOVED FROM THE SCENE
A photograph showed a body being taken away from the scene on Friday afternoon.
There are at least eight victims from the horrific shooting, however they have not yet been identified.
Police, the FBI and the coroner’s office are working together to identify the victims and suspects.
A body is removed from the sceneCredit: AP
WHAT HAPPENED TO BRANDON SCOTT HOLE?
Cops arrived at the scene on Mirabel Road at about 11pm and found several bodies scattered all over the warehouse, one reportedly being Hole’s.
It is believed he shot himself after police arrived at the facility.
In police dispatch audio published by Heavy, the suspect was described as a “white male wearing a hat” or hoodie and carrying a rifle type weapon.
“We have the suspect here inside it looks like. Looks like he has a gunshot wound to the head. Two rifles here,” an officer said in the audio.
“Unless there’s another person out, this is going to be our suspect here.”
WHITE HOUSE LOWER FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF
President Biden confirmed that flags will be lowered in honor of the deaths in Indianapolis on Friday afternoon.
“While we await critical details about the shooting, its motivation, and other key information, once again, I have the solemn duty of ordering the flag lowered at half-staff at the White House, public buildings and ground, and military posts and embassies, just two weeks after I gave the last such order.”
Flags have also been lowered across the state of Indiana.
Flags were flown at half-staff at the White HouseCredit: AP
POLICE IDENTIFY ALLEGED SHOOTER
Police has identified the alleged shooter as Brandon Scott Hole.
The suspected gunman was allegedly only 19 years old.
Cops say that the shooter died at the scene and was found with self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
FAMILIES STILL SEARCH FOR THEIR LOVED ONES
The daughter, Ashlee Floyd, of a FedEx worker said that she is “scared” about the well-being of her father.
Floyd said that her dad worked for the facility for two years.
“I’m just worried about my father,” Ashlee told the IndyStar.
“I don’t know if he’s OK. I don’t know if he’s injured. I don’t know if he’s gone. I’m just scared right now.”
FOUR VICTIMS OUTSIDE, FOUR FOUND INSIDE
Four victims were found outside of the building and four were found inside, police confirmed.
It was revealed at the press conference that the victim was also found inside of the building.
The victim, who has not yet been identified, was reportedly found with self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
Police confirmed the location of the victimsCredit: AP
POLICE CALLED SCENE ‘CHAOTIC AND ACTIVE’
During Friday morning’s press conference, Deputy Chief Craig McCartt dubbed the scene as “chaotic and active” when officers responded.
However, McCartt insisted that the shooter was dead by the time cops arrived at the scene.
He went on describe the officers found the suspect with a “self inflicted gunshot wound.”
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