Former FedEx worker kills 8 people, self at Indianapolis facility

  • A body is taken from the scene where multiple people were shot at a FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis, Friday, April 16, 2021. A gunman killed several people and wounded others before taking his own life in a late-night attack at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Michael Conroy

Bloomberg News
Published: 4/16/2021 8:59:57 PM

A 19-year-old former employee of FedEx Corp. gunned down eight people at a company facility near the Indianapolis airport and then killed himself with a rifle.

Authorities identified the gunman as Brandon Scott Hole of Indiana, according to the Associated Press, citing two law-enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Hole worked for FedEx’s ground unit at the facility he targeted, a company spokeswoman said.

A 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.”

In an incident that lasted just a couple of minutes, the gunman opened fire with a rifle in the parking lot and then continued to shoot as he entered the building, killing eight workers before shooting himself, authorities said. Police offered no details on the rifle that was used.

At least five people were sent to hospitals, with one sustaining critical wounds, the AP reported. The gunman killed himself shortly before police entered the building, Craig McCartt, a deputy chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, said in a televised news conference.

“He got out of his car and then pretty quickly started random shooting outside the facility,” he said. “There was no confrontation with anyone that was there. There was no disturbance. There was no argument. He just appeared to randomly start shooting.”

FedEx confirmed that eight “team members” were killed but didn’t immediately say if they were direct employees or hired by contractors that deliver packages for the Memphis, Tennessee-based courier. The company said it is cooperating with the investigation.

“We’re still trying to ascertain the exact reason and cause for this incident,” police spokesperson Genae Cook said.

It was the latest in a recent string of mass shootings across the U.S. Last month, eight people were fatally shot at massage businesses across the Atlanta area, and 10 died in gunfire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

It was at least the third mass shooting this year in Indianapolis alone. Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed in January, and a man was accused of killing three adults and a child before abducting his daughter during at argument at a home in March.

“I am heartbroken by the mass shooting at the FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and praying for all affected by this tragedy,” Rep. Andre Carson, a Democrat whose district includes much of the city, tweeted.

Police were called to reports of gunfire Thursday just after 11 p.m., and officers “came in contact with (an) active shooter incident,” Cook said. The gunman later killed himself.“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting,” FedEx said in a statement. “Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence.”

The company in 2018 expressed support for restricting possession of assault weapons to the military, saying that they present “an inherent potential danger” to schools, workplaces and communities.

Yet FedEx has contributed to politicians who oppose a ban on semiautomatic rifles, including U.S. Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who lost their Georgia runoff races in January. The company contributed to the campaign of Bill Hagerty, who won a U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee last year while opposing an assault-rifle ban and increased background checks.

FedEx said Friday there has been no change in its stance on assault rifles or political contributions and declined to comment further.

This story includes material from the Associated Press.

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