Indianapolis police identify 8 victims killed in mass shooting
Officials: Mass shooter was former FedEx employee
INDIANA (WFIE) - The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department have released the names of the eight people killed in the mass shooting that happened at a FedEx facility on Thursday night.
Authorities provided the identities of the victims on Friday evening in a social media post.
The names are listed in the Facebook post shown below:
The suspect in the mass shooting has been identified as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole.
During a press conference Friday afternoon, officials revealed he was a former employee at FedEx.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and other leaders also held a press conference in response to the shooting on Friday morning.
Authorities say the gunman used a rifle, killing eight people and wounding several others before taking his own life.
Five victims were taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds. Two others had minor injuries.
Officials say 100 people were in the building at the time of the shooting.
“There was no disturbance, there was no argument,” Deputy Chief Craig McCartt with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department said. “He just appeared to randomly start shooting and that began in the parking lot.”
They also say that Hole was last employed at FedEx in 2020.
He has been in some police reports, including one last year where a gun was seized.
Officials haven’t narrowed down a motive as of yet.
“It would be premature to speculate,” FBI Special Agent Paul Keenan said.
Police told 14 News the coroner’s office is still working to identify some of the victims.
State leaders reacted to Friday’s shooting.
Gov. Eric Holcomb released the following statement:
“This is another heartbreaking day and I’m shaken by the mass shooting at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Indiana State Police are working with local responders and we will continue to offer any and all resources needed to assist during this tragedy. 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.
“Today, I will order that flags be lower to half-staff from now until sunset on Tuesday, April 20 in remembrance of those we’ve lost.”
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch offered the following statement:
“There are Hoosiers who will no longer be with us, and there are families who will never recover because of last night’s senseless act of violence. My sincerest thoughts and prayers go to the families, friends and coworkers at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. I am thankful for our first responders who acted swiftly to come to the aid of Hoosiers, and I know our law enforcement officers at the local, state and federal levels will use all resources necessary while they work through this tragic event.”
On Friday, the lieutenant governor attended an economic luncheon in Evansville.
When 14 News caught up with Crouch about the shooting, she said their thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones.
Crouch says she talked with the superintendent of Indiana State Police on Friday morning.
She also told 14 News that state, local and federal officials will all be working together to understand what happened in Indianapolis.
14 News asked Crouch about her stance on gun control, regarding to the events that transpired Friday morning.
”The big issue is mental health,” Lt. Gov. Crouch said. “And certainly, there is that recognition that the pandemic has really taken an effect on Hoosiers lives.”
Senator Mike Braun released this statement:
“Maureen and I just learned of the tragedy in Indianapolis when we woke up. Our hearts are mourning for the individuals who’ve senselessly lost their lives, all of their loved ones, and their co-workers at FedEx who will be dealing with this tragedy for a long time to come.
“Thank you to the members of law enforcement who put their lives on the line and responded heroically to this situation.”
Senator Todd Young tweeted about the shooting:
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie shared the following statement:
“All of us at Indiana University are appalled and devastated by the tragic and heart-wrenching events of last evening at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis, and we mourn the victims. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those killed or wounded in this senseless shooting, and we empathize with the pain and grief that so many Hoosiers and people around the nation are feeling as they wake up this morning to this unspeakable tragedy. Many people I am sure will be feeling increased fear and anxiety during this trying time. We want them to know that we are here to support them. Let us look out for one another, as we have done all throughout this past challenging year, and as we send our most heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by this terrible act of violence. We encourage any member of the IU community who has been affected by this news to seek out the variety of IU health and wellness resources that are available, including our Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which offers numerous counseling options.”
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