At least 8 killed, others injured during late-night shooting at Indianapolis FedEx facility Eight people are killed and seven injured in two minute FedEx gun rampage
The eight fatalities were all FedEx employees, the gunman killed himself bringing the death toll to nine
Suspect opened fire with assault rifle in parking lot of Indianapolis facility and continued firing as he walked inside before killing himself
The incident occurred at the FedEx operations center near Indianapolis Airport after 11pm on Thursday night
Police say the gunman, who is yet to be identified, immediately opened fire with a rifle after getting out of his car in the parking lot and kept shooting as he made his way into the facility
The rampage lasted for only one to two minutes before the gunman shot himself dead as officers arrived In total, nine people – including the gunman – are dead
Gunman was identified as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole, but the victims have not been identified
At least five people were hospitalized, including one person with critical injuries
It is not yet clear if hole was an employee at the facility and his motive is not yet known
FedEx called the shooting ‘tragic’ in a statement, adding: ‘Our thoughts are with all those who are affected’
Many FedEx employees were unable to contact their relatives during, or immediately after, the shooting because they are not allowed to have their phones on the warehouse floor
Suspect’s house was being searched Friday by the FBI, which is also conducting interviews
At least eight people were killed and five hospitalized after a gunman went on a rampage with an assault rifle at an Indianapolis FedEx warehouse before shooting himself dead on Thursday night. The eight fatalities were
all FedEx employees.
The incident occurred at the FedEx operations center near Indianapolis Airport after 11pm.
Police sources say the yet to be named gunman, immediately opened fire with a rifle after getting out of his car in the parking lot and kept shooting as he made his way into the facility.
The rampage lasted for only one to two minutes before the gunman shot himself dead, left eight people dead and at least five people hospitalized, including one person with critical injuries.
Two others were treated at the scene and released.
Around 11.23pm local time, police reported finding the alleged shooter’s body, bringing the death tally to nine.
Law enforcement dentified identified shoooter as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole.
The victims have not been identified, but it’s not yet clear if Hole was an employee at the facility and a motive for the attack is not yet known, police said.
Officers executed a search warrant against his home on Friday and carried evidence away.
Authorities have not revealed motives behind the attack. Police said they could not yet say why Brandon Hole opened fire with a rifle late Thursday night at a FedEx processing center near the Indianapolis airport.
Police Chief Randal Taylor also noted that a “significant” number of employees at the facility are members of the Sikh community.
Hole’s potential for violence were known to local and federal authorities, sources revealed,
Federal agents on Friday were seen hauling evidence including a large box and computer equipment from Hole’s home in a neighborhood on the east side of Indianapolis.
Chief Taylor spoke from a hotel where family members are awaiting word on their loved ones. He says he will stay with the families until they get more information.
Deputy Chief Craig McCartt of the Indianapolis police said the gunman started randomly shooting at people in the parking lot and then went into the building and continued firing. The gunman apparently died by suicide shortly before police entered the building, police said.
“There was no confrontation with anyone that was there,” Dep. Chief McCartt said. “There was no disturbance, there was no argument. He just appeared to randomly start shooting.”
McCartt said four people were killed outside the building and another four inside. Several people were also wounded, including five taken to the hospital.
While police have not confirmed yet if the man had any connection with the company however, a witness who is a FedEx employee, described “a hooded figure” shouting and firing a rifle in an attack that left at least eight dead in Indianapolis. The FedEx shooting eyewitness said the gunman was ‘a well-known worker’ at the facility.
On Friday morning Deputy chief of criminal investigations, Craig McCartt, told CNN the rampage was ‘very short’ and the gunman didn’t make it far into the facility before killing himself.
The gunman did make it through a security area where employees are required to show ID and go through metal detectors, Chief McCartt said.
‘The suspect came into the parking lot and I believe he exited his vehicle and quickly began shooting. It wasn’t precipitated by any kind of disturbance or an argument with anyone there,’ he said.
‘He did not get very far into the facility at all. I think that it probably only lasted one to two minutes.’
Most FedEx employees are not allowed to carry cellphones inside the FedEx building or on the warehouse floor.
They are required to give up or lock away their phones while inside warehouse and sorting facilities.
The policy meant staff were unable to easily dial 911, or their loved ones, during the attack.
Desperate family said in the aftermath of the attack that they were still waiting to hear from their relatives.
It is understood FedEx is now re-evaluating it’s no phone policy in the wake of the mass shooting.
In the early hours of Friday morning, frantic relatives of warehouse workers rushed to the scene outside the facility and were later pictured comforting each other in a nearby hotel as they awaited news on the victims.
Many were still waiting to be reunited with relatives by mid-morning on Friday.
FedEx is understood to be re-evaluating phone possession policy in the wake of the shooting, given how staff were unable to easily dial 911, or communicate with loved ones during the attack.
FedEx CEO Frederick W. Smith sent a memo out about the ‘devastating’ shooting in which they lost eight employees.
‘While it will take some time to fully understand what happened, we know we lost eight team members in this senseless act of violence, he said.
‘I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and co-workers of those team members.’
He added that the company’s priority was now ‘responding to the situation on the ground and helping our team members and law enforcement’.
One FedEx employee, Levi Miller, told NBC’s Today that he heard more than a dozen shots before he saw the hooded gunman screaming and firing: ‘I stand up, I see a man, a hooded figure,’ he said. ‘I was unable to see his face in detail. However, the man did have an AR in his hand, and he started shouting and then he started firing at random directions,’ Miller said.
Miller who did not recognize the gunman said his colleagues had said the shooter was a ‘well-known worker at this facility,’ addig that it was possible the gunman was targeting the manager, who coincidentally was not at work at the time.
Police have not confirmed if the gunman was an employee or the motive.
Other eyewitness accounts also suggested the gunman was armed with a rifle.
One eyewitnesses reported seeing a ‘man with a sub-machine gun or automatic rifle’ firing in the open before people started fleeing. Two more eyewitnesses reported seeing a man getting a gun from the trunk of his car. One worker told local media they saw a body on the floor, while another said they heard 10 shots before alerting law enforcement.
One victim’s uncle told Fox59 his niece had been sitting in her car when a gunman opened fire on her. He said she was recovering in hospital.
Another man told WTTV that his niece was sitting in her car in the driver’s seat when the gunfire erupted, and she was wounded. ‘She got shot on her left arm,’ said Parminder Singh.
‘She’s fine, she’s in the hospital now.’
He said his niece did not know the shooter.
WRTV reports that workers hid under conveyor belts during the incident.
Timothy Boillat, another employee at the facility, told WISH-TV that he saw around 30 police cars arriving at the scene as he witnessed the shooting unfold.
‘After hearing the shootings, I did see a body on the floor,’ he said. ‘Luckily, I was far enough away to where he [the shooter] didn’t see me.’
Indiana Congressman Andre Carson, who represents the 7th District of Indiana, including the city of Indianapolis, expressed his condolences for the victims’ loved ones in a statement Friday morning on Twitter.
‘I am heartbroken by the mass shooting at the FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and praying for all affected by this tragedy,’ he wrote. ‘I am communicating with local authorities to get all details of the attack and my office stands ready to help everyone affected any way we can.’
The facility in the 8900 block of Mirabel Road in Indianapolis is the company’s second largest hub in the world, with employs more than 4,500 people. At around 2:45 a.m. on Friday, around 110 people were anxiously waiting in a nearby hotel for news on their loved ones working at the facility.
Prior to the initial death count confirmation by the police, those gathered had not heard from their loved ones working inside.
Inside a Holiday Inn near the airport family members of those who work in the facility waiting to hear an update about their loved ones. Some said employees aren’t allowed to have their phones with them while working shifts at the facility, making it difficult to contact them, WTHR-TV reported.
Jeremiah Miller had just finished his shift at the facility when he heard up to 10 shots. He told WISH: ‘I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open.’
‘My friend’s mother, she came in and told us to get inside the car. What we’ve been doing [since] is telling everyone, our co-workers not to go to work today,’ he said.
Another witness told WTHR-TV that he was working inside the building when he heard gunshots.
‘I see a man come out with a rifle in his hand and he starts firing and he starts yellin’ stuff that I could not understand,’ Levi Miller said. ‘What I ended up doing was ducking down to make sure he did not see me because I thought he would see me and he would shoot me.’
Meanwhile, relatives of those working in the facility waited at a nearby hotel – many in their pajamas – to hear news about their loved ones.