Indianapolis mayor calls for national action on gun laws after FedEx shooting

Indianapolis mayor calls for national action on gun laws after FedEx shooting”

President Joe Biden said he had been briefed on the shooting and called gun violence "an epidemic" in the US.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's deputy chief of criminal investigations, Craig McCartt, said during a news conference that the suspect began shooting "randomly" after arriving at the FedEx facility on Thursday night.

One of them had critical injuries, police spokesperson Genae Cook said.

Police believe the gunman took his life shortly afterward. Another two people were treated and released at the scene.

Police Chief Randal Taylor noted that a "significant" number of employees at the FedEx facility are members of the Sikh community, and the Sikh Coalition later issued a statement saying it was "deeply saddened to learn" that Sikh community members were among the wounded and killed.

The Associated Press obtained a police report from the incident a year ago and say officers seized a pump-action shotgun from the man's home. She added how many of her relatives who worked at the facility were traumatised.

Live video from news outlets at the scene showed crime-scene tape in the parking lot outside the facility.

Additionally, Khalsa said that the FedEx facility in question, situated near the city's worldwide airport provided employment to older members of the Sikh community who did not speak English very well. The two men left the building and watched as about 30 police cars responded, Boillat said. "I immediately ducked down and got scared", Jeremiah Miller said. "She's fine, she's in the hospital now". He said he did not know if Hole owned the gun legally.

Police Department via AP
Police Department via AP

Family members of workers reportedly gathered at a local hotel to await word on loved ones.

Indianapolis FedEx employee Olivia Sui told Reuters via text message that she and some co-workers had just left the building after picking up their paychecks and were sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot when shots rang out.

"This is a tragedy, but we will come through it with flying colors", Cook said through tears.

The shooter was also placed under psychiatric detention previous year, officials said.

Varun Nikore, executive director of the AAPI Victory Alliance, a national advocacy group for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, said in a statement that the shootings marked "yet another senseless massacre that has become a daily occurrence in this country". "The mass shooting is the country's deadliest since 10 people were killed March 22 at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado".

Friday also marked the 14th anniversary of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history at Virginia Tech, which saw 32 people killed.

Investigators are trying to determine Hole's motive for opening fire at a FedEx ground facility in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This is the worst Sikh massacre in the USA after the Oak Creek Gurdwara mass shooting in Wisconsin on August 5, 2012, where seven members of the community were killed.

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