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8 people killed in shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, police say

A gunman opened fire outside and inside a FedEx Ground facility near Indianapolis’ main airport Thursday night, killing eight people, wounding several others and sending witnesses running before taking his own life, police said.

Police were called to the facility at about 11 p.m. local time for what has become the country’s deadliest shooting since 10 people were killed March 22 at a grocery in Colorado.

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The coroner’s office had yet to officially identify any of those killed as of late Friday morning. Investigators are trying to determine the motive and were searching what they believe is the gunman’s home, FBI special agent in charge Paul Keenan told reporters late Friday morning.

“Nothing we learn can heal the wounds of those who escaped with their lives, but who will now … endure the memories of this horrific crime,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said at the same news conference.

Thursday night’s killings began when the gunman “got out of his car, and pretty quickly started some random shooting outside the facility,” Indianapolis police Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said.

The gunman then “went inside and did not get very far into the facility at all,” while shooting others there, McCartt told CNN earlier Friday.

Two employees inside the building at the time heard as many as 10 gunshots, they told CNN affiliate WISH. The men left the building and watched as about 30 police cars responded, they said

“Thank God for being here because I thought I was going to get shot,” one of them, Jeremiah Miller, told WISH.

Investigators have heard the shooting lasted “just a couple minutes — that it did not last very long,” McCartt said.

“My understanding is, by the time that officers entered … the situation was over — that the suspect took his life very shortly before officers entered the facility,” McCartt told reporters.

Four people were found dead outside and four others, not counting the shooter, were dead inside, McCartt said.

The incident marks at least the 45th mass shooting in the United States since the Atlanta-area spa shootings on March 16. CNN considers an incident to be a mass shooting if four or more people, excluding the gunman, are shot and wounded or killed.

‘Victims and witnesses running everywhere’

Police arrived “to a very chaotic scene, with victims and witnesses running everywhere,” McCartt told CNN.

No police officer fired, he told CNN.

Police have offered differing accounts of the wounded. McCartt said four survivors were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and a fifth was taken to a hospital with “some sort of injury” that he didn’t specify.

In a news release, police said five people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and two other people were treated at the scene and released.

The gunman had at least one weapon, which investigators believe was a rifle, McCartt told reporters.

Police early Friday were trying to make sense of the crime scene while relatives of FedEx employees gathered at a nearby hotel, which officials offered as a place where they could await news, reunite with the workers and meet with police chaplains.

“Many of the employees did not have cell phones on them in the facility,” and so many survivors were not immediately able to contact their families, McCartt told CNN.

Several people tearfully embraced as they reunited Friday morning at the hotel, video from CNN affiliate WISH showed.

‘They didn’t sound like gunshots at first’

FedEx worker Timothy Boillat and his coworker heard what they thought initially were “two loud metal clangs” when the shooting started, he told CNN affiliate WRTV.

“They didn’t sound like gunshots at first … Then, we heard three more shots, and then my buddy … saw someone running out of the building.” Boillat said.

“And then more shots went off. Somebody went behind their car to the trunk and got another gun,” Boillat said, without saying whether that person was the shooter.

“And then I saw one body on the floor,” Boillat told WRTV.

Police are asking anyone who was at the scene and may have left for safety or for medical treatment to contact them to provide information on the shooting.

Governor and other officials offer condolences

Hogsett, the mayor, said the process of healing will be impacted in part by what conversations the nation has about cycles of violence “driven by readily accessible guns.”

“We must guard against resignation or even despair — the assumption that this is simply how it must be and that we might as well get used to it. We need the courage that compels courageous acts that push past weariness,” Hogsett said.

FedEx released a statement saying it was “deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members.”

“Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities,” FedEx said.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said Friday is “another heartbreaking day and I’m shaken by the mass shooting at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis.”

“In times like this, words like justice and sorrow fall short in response for those senselessly taken. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, coworkers and all those affected by this terrible situation,” Holcomb said.

Flags will be lowered to half-staff from Friday until sunset Tuesday “in remembrance of those we’ve lost,” Holcomb said.

US Rep. Andre Carson, whose district includes Indianapolis, tweeted that he was heartbroken by the mass shooting.

“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,” he said.

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14 Comments

  1. Only 8? “Hope & prayers.” Yea, they are magical words that have done so well in the past. His right to own a gun trumps the right of life for the deceased?

  2. It seems odd that there have been so many mass shootings since Biden became president. Could it be connected to the lefts gun control stance. Coincidence??

    1. 614 mass shootings in 2020, using the definition “4 or more people shot (excluding the perpetrator) in one incident.”

      !59 mass shootings so far this year, which means we are on track for “only” 517, if we are fortunate.

      In the mind of a mass shooter there could be any number of “reasons” to take human lives, but I have never heard of anyone driven to kill because of the “leftist” Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

  3. Interesting how all these mass shootings are coming out of nowhere on Biden’s time. Could it be they want to take down the 2nd Amendment? Nah. It actually has been very interesting to see how the news/media brainwashed people. The other day I saw a guy in a canoe by himself in the middle of a huge lake wearing a mask. We need our men to be men and not believe the news/media crap.

  4. Barney, why can’t we have a comment section where we can look at our own profiles and get some kind of notification when someone responds to a comment we’ve posted?

    1. I have pressed for going to a better platform than WordPress default. So far, no go-ahead to try one, though a sister newspaper is testing a system we may get to use. I want those features back too. Sorry.

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