A former FedEx employee has been identified as an Indianapolis shooter
A former FedEx employee returned to his workplace at the time and killed eight people at the company’s facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday night, authorities said, citing massive U.S. shootings in recent weeks.
Indianapolis police said Brandon Hole, 19, was a 19-year-old who worked at the FedEx operations center last year. Investigators said they were still unsure of Hole’s motive.
Police reported shootings at a facility near Indianapolis airport on Thursday afternoon, and emergency medical services reported eight dead on the spot. According to police, five people were injured and taken to local hospitals and two other paramedics were treated on the spot. Hole took his own life.
He called attention to law enforcement a little over a year ago. Paul Keenan, a special agent for the FBI’s Indianapolis office, said Hole was in contact with his mother-in-law in March 2020 on suspicion of “attempting suicide by police”.
The hole was arrested, a shotgun was seized and the FBI interviewed him, Keenan said. He added that last year’s assessment did not identify “racially motivated extreme violence” by researchers. Members of the Sikh community were among the dead, according to a statement from the Sikh Coalition advocacy group.
The Indianapolis shooting is the latest in a series of massacres in recent weeks, as concerns over gun safety have resurfaced as U.S. cities and states are resuming normal activities after prolonged Covid-19-related blackouts.
A gun killed 10 people in one shot Colorado supermarket in the last month. A week before that, a gunman killed eight people spas around Atlanta, revives concerns about the peak hate crimes against Asian Americans.
At a White House press conference, President Joe Biden described the shooting as a “national embarrassment” and called on the Senate to pass legislation on arms control that has already cleared the House of Representatives.
“Bring it on now,” Biden said of legislation that has been maintained due to a lack of Republican support. “This must end”.
FedEx CEO Frederick Smith said in a letter to staff that the eight victims were FedEx employees. The company said in a statement that the killings were “very shocking and upsetting.”
“Our heartfelt feelings are with everyone affected by the senseless acts of violence,” the company said. “The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully working with the investigating authorities.”
Gun control is a divisive issue in the U.S., where the right to “keep and carry weapons” is enshrined in the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
But gun safety advocates are optimistic that significant reforms to gun ownership rules are being built, especially with the powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association. financial and legal issues.
According to a survey of gun control Everytown Gun Safety and Giffords in December, 93 percent of American adults said the next president and Congress should work to check the background on all gun sales.
Earlier this month, Biden signed a number of executive orders to address the proliferation of so-called “ghost weapons” —compliant components — and drafted “red flag” legislation to allow states to identify family members or law enforcement. people who could pose a risk to themselves or others if they acquired a weapon.
Proponents of gun safety agree that major changes to federal gun laws should be made with Congressional approval, rather than through a unilateral executive order – the uphill Democratic fight is controlled by the U.S. Senate by the smallest margin and should be legislated. Silent support from 60 senators to comply with filibuster rules.
Friday is the 14th anniversary of the massive shooting at Virginia Tech Public University, when a student killed 32 people and injured 23 others.
Additional news by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York