8 Killed in Indianapolis FedEx Shooting, Including ‘Significant’ Number of Sikh Employees

8 Killed in Indianapolis FedEx Shooting, Including ‘Significant’ Number of Sikh Employees

April 16, 2021
More details are being released about a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis where eight people lost their lives on Friday, including members of the Sikh community.
The details: Eight people were fatally shot, four inside and four outside the warehouse, while five others were injured and rushed to the hospital, according to the Associated Press.
  • The shooter, identified by authorities as Brandon Scott Hole, 19, also died by suicide.
  • Police searched the home of the former FedEx employee and seized evidence, but a motive has yet to be uncovered.
  • “There was no disturbance, there was no argument. He just appeared to randomly start shooting,” Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt said.
  • Police Chief Randal Taylor pointed out that a “significant” number of employees at the facility are members of the Sikh community, but it’s unclear if that played a role in the shooting.
  • “We are deeply saddened to learn that Sikh community members are among those injured and killed by the gunman in Indianapolis last night,” Sikh Coalition Executive Director Satjeet Kaur said in a statement.
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Witnesses: A witness told WTHR that he heard the first shots while working inside the FedEx facility and he went into survival mode.
  • “I see a man come out with a rifle in his hand and he starts firing and he starts yelling 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.”
FedEx and White House: A FedEx spokesperson told Business Insider the company is now reconsidering its no-phone policy during work hours, which has frustrated families waiting for information at a nearby unification center.
  • “It is hard because if my friend had a phone, he would be able to contact me right away,” said Jose Lopez, who has worked at the facility for about six months, according to USA Today. “Even if it’s a message with one letter, you know he is living.”
  • President Joe Biden addressed the shooting on Friday and called gun violence “an epidemic,” urging Congress to pass “commonsense gun violence prevention legislation.”
  • McCartt added authorities are still identifying the victims.
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