Killer in Indianapolis FedEx shooting identified as 19-year-old former employee
Updated April 16, 2021, 10:10 PM
AUTHORITIES HAVE identified the suspect as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole of Indiana in a shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.
At a press conference, Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt also confirmed that Hole was a former employee of the company and last worked for FedEx in 2020. McCartt said he did not know why Hole left the job or whether he had any connections with the workers at the facility.
He said police confiscated a gun from the alleged shooter last year and a motive for the shooting has not yet been revealed.
McCartt added that authorities are still identifying the victims and that not all of the victims’ families have been notified.
Deputy Chief Craig McCartt of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
Investigators are searching an Indianapolis home associated with Hole and have confiscated evidence, including desktop computers and other electronic media.
The officers were unable to discuss the matter in public and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
The shooter killed eight people and wounded several others before apparently killing himself at the FedEx facility near Indianapolis Airport, police said.
According to police, five people were hospitalized after the shooting last night.
One of them had serious injuries, said police spokesman Genae Cook. Another two people were treated at the scene and released.
FedEx said people who worked for the company were among the dead.
People embrace after learning that their loved one is safe after the shooting.
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A witness said he was working in the building when he heard several gunshots in rapid succession.
“I see a man come out with a gun in hand and he starts shooting and he starts screaming things that I couldn’t understand,” Levi Miller told WTHR-TV.
“In the end I ducked to make sure he didn’t see me because I thought he would see me and he was going to shoot me.”
The police did not officially identify the shooter or say whether he was an employee at the facility.
They said “preliminary information from on-site evidence” suggested that he died of suicide.
“We’re still trying to pinpoint the exact cause and cause of this incident,” Cook said.
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Half-employees are flagged in the White House and in all other public buildings as a token of respect for the victims of the “senseless acts of violence” which are the latest result of a series of mass shootings in the United States.
Last month, eight people were fatally shot in massage shops in the Atlanta area and ten were shot dead in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.
It was at least the third mass shooting that year in Indianapolis alone.
Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot dead in January and one man was accused of killing three adults and a child before abducting his daughter during an argument in a house in March.
Family members gathered at a nearby hotel to wait for the news from loved ones, and some employees were taken there by bus for tearful reunions.
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But other relatives said they still had no information about their loved ones hours later.
Most employees are not allowed to carry cell phones in the FedEx building, which makes it difficult to contact them.
“If you see notifications on your phone but don’t get any text back from your child or get any information and you still don’t know where they are … what should you do?” said Mindy Carson, holding back the tears.
Her daughter Jessica works at the facility and she hadn’t heard from her.
Family and friends are waiting for the word of their loved ones.
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FedEx issued a statement that it is working with the authorities.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members after the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis,” the statement said.
“Our deepest condolences go to all those who are affected by this senseless act of violence.”
One man told WTTV that his niece was in the driver’s seat of her car when the fire broke out and she was wounded.
“She was shot in the left arm,” said Parminder Singh. “She is fine, she is in the hospital now.”