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Indianapolis FedEx Shooting Suspect Used 2 Assault Rifles He Purchased Legally

Indianapolis FedEx Shooting Suspect Used 2 Assault Rifles He Purchased Legally”

Hole, 19, allegedly opened fire at a FedEx facility, near the Indianapolis Airport, claiming eight lives, police said.

A USA prosecutor says the gunman who killed eight people at an Indianapolis FedEx sorting facility last week never had a hearing under Indiana's "red flag" law, which allows police to seize guns from people who may be prone to commit violent acts. Hole was a former employee of the FedEx facility that employed a large number of Sikh workers and he was already on the Federal Bureau of Investigation radar, although authorities said he had "no racially motivated violent extremism ideology" when they interviewed him in 2020. The mother told police that her son became angry, struck her in the arm with a closed fist and told her to "shut up" when she had asked what he was going to do with the gun.

Republican Senator Todd Young called on Sunday for more mental health services across all level of governments.

Young questioned whether Indiana's red flag laws "were actually enforced" to prevent the shooting.

Under Indiana's "Red Flag" law the courts have the power to seize weapons from people who display warning signs of violence.

In 2005, IN was one of the first states to enact a "red flag" law after an Indianapolis police officer was killed by a man whose weapons were returned to him despite his hospitalization months earlier for an emergency mental health evaluation. It is meant to prevent people from purchasing or possessing a firearm if they are found by a judge to present "an imminent risk" to themselves or others.

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Authorities would have two weeks after confiscating someone's gun to present a case to a judge on whether or not that person should be able to have a gun for any period of time.

Michael Leffler, a spokesperson for the Marion County Prosecutor, said on Sunday that the office is "looking into this matter".

Mears said that moving forward with the red flag process was risky because if prosecutors lost, they would have had to return the firearm to Hole. If a judge ruled him risky or incompetent, however, he should have been barred from buying another gun. Four of them belonged to the Sikh community, a Sikh Coalition representative confirmed.

"Horrific events like Thursday's shooting call us to action", Kaur said.

Hole was a former employee of the FedEx location but no motive for the shooting has been determined.

On Tuesday night there were reports that three people have been shot dead in Austin, Texas.



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