UPDATED 1:15 PM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021
Authorities have identified the gunman of the FedEx facility shooting in Indianapolis as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole. According to officials Friday, he was a former FedEx employee and his home was being searched.
New reports have suggested the family of Hole had warned officials about his potential for violence. According to those reports, federal and local authorities learned of his history from one of his family members prior to the attack.
It is unclear exactly what the relative warned them about.
Investigators are trying to determine Hole’s motive for opening fire at a FedEx ground facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Several officials held a press briefing Friday to provide what little information they have been able to gather in the hours after the shooting.
Authorities confirmed the 19-year-old shot and killed eight people. Several others were also wounded in the gunfire. Officials also confirmed the shooter later turned the gun on himself. They noted, it would be premature to speculate on a motive.
The deceased victims have been identified as 32-year-old Matthew R Alexander, 19-year-old Samaria Blackwell, 66-year-old Amarjeet Johal, 64-year-old Jaswinder Kaur, 68-year-old Jaswinder Singh, 48-year-old Amarjit Sekhon, 19-year-old Karlie Smith, and 74-year-old John Weisert.
— IMPD (@IMPDnews) April 17, 2021
According to witnesses, Hole got out of his vehicle and immediately began shooting. It seemingly happened without provocation before he decided to barge into the facility.
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 will release more information as it becomes available.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Randal Taylor praised his officers and the first responders as heroes. He called the act “senseless” and “unacceptable.”
IMPD Chief Randal Taylor calls the FedEx shooting "senseless" and "unacceptable." pic.twitter.com/zKVS2e780D
— WANE 15 (@wane15) April 16, 2021
The city’s mayor, Joe Hogsett, closed the press briefing by stating that Indianapolis is a resilient community. He encouraged residents to stand strong together in times of triumph and tragedy.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett (D): “What we are left with this morning is grief … grief for the many Americans struggling to understand how tragedies like this continue to occur again and again.” pic.twitter.com/SD4vIBDtve
— The Recount (@therecount) April 16, 2021