9 dead, including suspected shooter, in Indianapolis mass shooting

Ross Houston
April 17, 2021

One man who was working a twilight shift at the FedEx Ground station, which reportedly employs more than 4,000 people, told local broadcaster WISH he saw the gunman start shooting and heard more than 10 shots.

"You deserved so much better than this", a man who identified himself as the grandson of Johal tweeted Friday evening.

The FBI is assisting local police in their investigation into the motive behind the attack and officials said they are hopeful security video from the building will be able to assist them in that investigation.

They did not identify the victims as of Friday evening, but the Sikh Coalition said, "We are sad to confirm that at least four of those killed in Thursday night's attacks are members of the Indianapolis Sikh community".

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Randal Taylor praised his officers and the first responders as heroes.

He said that Hole began shooting people in the parking lot of the major parcel and courier company facility killing four people, then entered the building and killed four others before apparently committing suicide before police got there.

The shooter was identified as Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of Indianapolis, Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt said at a news conference.

Police spokeswoman Genae Cook told reporters that officers were called to an "active shooter incident" at around 11pm.

Paul Keenan, special agent in charge of the FBI's Indianapolis field office, said Friday that agents questioned Hole past year after his mother called police to say that her son might commit "suicide by cop". In this month alone, there have been at least seven deadly mass shootings in the country.

The shooter was also placed under psychiatric detention a year ago, officials said. In January, police say a teenager shot and killed four family members and a pregnant woman. FedEx said people who worked for the company were among the dead.

Singh Khalsa said the majority of employees at the FedEx site are Sikh. "She can't believe this kind of thing would happen here", Mr Jawandha was quoted as saying by the New York Times.

The coalition's executive director, Satjeet Kaur, said more than 8,000 Sikh-Americans live in Indiana.

That rampage heightened tensions already brewing over a rise in hate crimes and discrimination directed at Asian Americans in recent years, stoked in part by racially inflammatory rhetoric about the coronavirus pandemic's origins in China.

"I also urged Congress to hear the call of the American people - including the vast majority of gun owners - to enact commonsense gun violence prevention legislation, like universal background checks and a ban of weapons of war and high-capacity magazines", Biden said.

The Thursday night slayings came a week after President Joe Biden branded United States gun violence an "epidemic" and an "international embarrassment" as he waded into the tense debate over firearms control, a sensitive American political issue. "It stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation".

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