A GUNMAN allegedly killed four outside the warehouse before rampaging inside and killing four others.
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.
Police have not identified the shooter or said whether he was an employee at the facility.
“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…
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SEC SPEAKS OUT ON SHOOTING
Press Secretary Jen Psaki opened her press conference on Friday wishing reporters a “happy Friday” before speaking about the shooting.
“Like all of you, we’re horrified by the shooting overnight at a FedEx facility.
“The president has been briefed by his team this morning and key aides including the Chief of Staff and Homeland Security Advisor have been in touch with local leaders and law enforcement officials on the ground.”
She added that the Biden administration are set to release a statement “soon.”
INDIANAPOLIS OFFICIALS END PRESS CONFERENCE
Officials ended the press conference after answering most questions.
It was confirmed that police, alongside the FBI, will continue to investigate the scene.
The agencies were working with the coroner’s office to identify the victims and shooter.
Officials will continue to investigate the shooting that left 8 deadCredit: EPA
COUNTY CORONER’S OFFICE PROVIDES UPDATE
Alfarena McGinty, the chief deputy coroner for the Marion County Coroner’s Office said they will send information to the investigating team which can be shared once updated information on the identities are ready.
“It is a very difficult job,” she said. She said these type of events take a toll on the staff.
“It is mentally draining and it is physically draining,” she said.
“Our first priority is the families,” she said.
MARION COUNTY CORONER’S OFFICE SPEAKS
An official for the Marion County Coroner’s Office said they were not able to go on to the scene to identify the victims.
“We will utilize as much information as possible,” she said.
“We must make sure people identified on the scene are appropriately and positively identified,” she continued.
She said they will work with families to confirm positive identification.
“We are a number of hours out until we can go to the scene,” she said.
Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said they have not identified any family of the victims.
He was asked what employees were doing at the time of the shooting but McCartt said he was not sure what the employees were “responsible for.”
He believed five were injured in the shooting and were not sure of the hospitals they were transported to.
Police at the scene of the shootingCredit: EPA
INDIANAPOLIS POLICE DISCUSS SUSPECT
Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said police believed the suspect had a rifle at the time of the shooting.
He said invesigators are making sure they correctly identified the suspect’s car.
He said is not sure if there is armed security at the facility.
Indianapolis police at the crime sceneCredit: EPA
INDIANAPOLIS MAYOR DISCUSSES SHOOTING IN THE COMMUNITY
Mayor Hogsett said these conversations need to occur across the country not just in Indianapolis.
“Unfortunately for the city of Indianapolis, this is the third mass killing we have experienced,” he said.
“Healing does depend on meaningful conversations between people on how we stop this cycle of violence that is driven by readily accessible guns,” he continued.
INDIANAPOLIS MAYOR DISCUSSES FEDERAL FUNDING
Mayor Joe Hogsett said he was always “deeply appreciative” of federal support.
“The city of Indianapolis is grateful for the CARES Act,” he said.
He said a lot of money went to first responders.
“Anytime Washington makes the offer, we are very grateful and inclined to accept,” he said.
INDIANAPOLIS MAYOR TAKES QUESTIONS
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said he signed a letter with other mayors asking Congress to expand background checks for those looking to buy firearms.
“The fact that I join with 150 others mayors asking the federal legislature to do that at least indicates what I would like to see done legislatively,” he said.
He said he’s made it clear where he stands on the issue.
INDIANAPOLIS OFFICIALS TAKE QUESTIONS
Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said a lot of these employees did not have cell phones on them at the time of the shooting and couldn’t contact their families.
He said they are checking surveillance video.
McCartt said he wasn’t sure if there was a shift change at the time of the shooting.
INDIANAPOLIS OFFICIALS TAKE QUESTIONS
Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said the suspect took his life very shortly before officers entered the area.
He said the shooting “did not last very long.”
He said he is not sure how many people were in the facility at the time of the shooting.
He said five people were transported from the scene to the hospital. He said there was “another injury” and they were transported to the hospital.
INDIANAPOLIS OFFICIALS ANSWER QUESTIONS ON SHOOTING
Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said “all kinds of things are going on with the investigation.”
He was not sure how many weapons were recovered at the scene.
“We’re still working with FedEx security on any indicator that this could have happened,” McCartt said.
He said the investigation is still “very early.”
INDIANAPOLIS OFFICIALS ANSWER QUESTIONS ON SHOOTING
Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said what they know is the suspect went to the facility, got out of the car and began shooting.
He said it began in the parking lot and then went into the facility for a “brief period of time” before taking his own life.
He said they were working with FedEx on the investigation.
INDIANAPOLIS OFFICIALS ANSWER QUESTIONS
Deputy Chief Craig McCartt takes questions.
He said he can only tell the public “very little” about the suspect.
He said they are not able to make positive identification of the suspect.
INDIANAPOLIS OFFICIALS SPEAK
Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said they are still working on the investigation and will try to answer questions.
He said when officers arrived at the facility they found a “chaotic and active crime scene.”
They said they saw employees deceased as well as the suspected gunman who died of a self-inflicted gunshot.
He said investigators are working to identify the victims.
Trucks parked outside the FedEx facilityCredit: AFP
INDIANAPOLIS CHIEF OF POLICE GIVES UPDATE
Indianapolis Chief of Police Randal Taylor said our community will “stand together.”
He then introduces FBI Special Agent in charge Paul Keenan.
He offered his “sincere condolences to the family and loved ones” of those who died.
He said FBI Indianapolis condemns this violent act.
He said the FBI will be assisting the investigation and are investigating the suspect’s home.
He said there is no active threat to the community. They are searching for a motive for the shooting.
INDIANAPOLIS CHIEF OF POLICE SPEAKS
Indianapolis Chief of Police Randal Taylor speaks after the mayor.
“It is unacceptable for Minneapolis,” he said of the shooting.
He said when officers arrived on the scene they saw something “no one should see.”
He said his heart is broken “over the lives who were lost.”
He said FedEx is a major employer who the city.
He said the crime scene remains active and officials will continue to investigate.
The FedEx facilityCredit: AFP
INDIANAPOLIS MAYOR SPEAKS
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett thanked first responders. He said they acted “heroically.”
“Indianapolis is a resilient community. Last night was a devastating blow and its impact will be felt by our community for days and weeks to come.
“In times of despair, I know our residents will rally together and help one another make it through.
“The eyes of the nation are on Indianapolis today in ways we have never hoped for,” he continued.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett thanked first respondersCredit: AFP
INDIANAPOLIS POLICE HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE
Indianapolis Police are holding a news conference following the shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis that left eight people dead.
The shooting occurred late Thursday night.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett during a news conference that they are left this morning “with grief.”
FORMER SENATOR SAYS HE IS ‘HEARTBROKEN’
Joe Donnelly, former United States Senator from Indiana, said that he is “heartbroken” over the shootings in a statement on Twitter.
He wrote: “I am heartbroken over the terrible killings and tragedy at the Indianapolis FedEx facility.
“We mourn the loss of those killed and pray for them, and we pray for the recovery of those who are injured.
“I am crushed for those families that will never get to laugh with and hug those family members that are gone. Every Hoosier is by your side at this awful time.”
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER SAYS ‘SENATE WILL ACT TO ADDRESS EPIDEMIC’ FOLLOWING SHOOTING
Senator Chuck Schumer gave his condolences on Friday morning, telling Americans that they will “act” to address this.
“We grieve with the people of Indianapolis. My heart goes out to the families of the 8 people who were killed and to the survivors,” he wrote.
“The Senate will act to address this epidemic in America. I will bring legislation to prevent gun violence to the Senate floor for a vote.”
PICTURES FROM LAST NIGHT SHOW WITNESSES STANDING BY
Pictures that were taken last night show witnesses waiting by the taped-off FedEx building.
It is unclear how long the witnesses were stood outside before they were moved to a nearby hotel.
Several cop cars were seen with blue flashing lights in the photographs also.
CONTROVERSIAL BRITISH JOURNALIST SAYS AMERICANS ‘CAN’T BE SHOCKED’ BY MASS SHOOTINGS
In a tweet on Friday, Morgan said: “I wish Americans would stop pretending to be ‘shocked’ by the country’s unrelenting procession of mass shootings.
“You can’t be ‘shocked’ when something keeps happening that you do nothing to stop.
“Just admit you don’t care enough to act, because you love guns too much.”
FLAGS IN INDIANA TO BE LOWERED TO HALF-STAFF
Governor Eric Holcomb confirmed that the flags will be lowered in the state for the coming days.
“Today, I will order that flags be lower to half-staff from now until sunset on Tuesday, April 20 in remembrance of those we’ve lost,” he wrote in a statement.
At least eight people died in the tragic shooting on Thursday night.
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