At least eight people have been killed and five hospitalized after a gunman went on a rampage with an assault rifle at an Indianapolis FedEx warehouse before shooting himself dead.
The incident occurred at the FedEx operations center near Indianapolis Airport after 11pm on Thursday night.
Police say the gunman, who still had not been identified some 12 hours after the shooting, immediately opened fire with a rifle after getting out of his car in the parking lot and kept shooting as he made his way into the facility. The rampage lasted for only one to two minutes before the gunman shot himself dead as officers arrived, according to police.
Eight people were shot dead by the gunman. At least five people were hospitalized, including one person with critical injuries. Two others were treated at the scene and released. No law enforcement officers were injured.
The male gunman shot himself dead and is the ninth confirmed death from the incident. Police reported finding the alleged shooter’s body at 11.23pm local time.
Police are still working to identify the gunman and victims. It is not yet clear if the gunman was an employee at the facility and a motive for the attack is not yet known.
The FBI said it was searching a home in a bid to confirm the gunman’s identity.
Police haven’t notified the families of the victims yet.
Deputy chief of criminal investigations, Craig McCartt, told CNN on Friday morning the rampage was ‘very short’ and the gunman didn’t make it far into the facility before killing himself. McCartt said he didn’t believe the gunman made it through a security area where employees are required to show ID and go through metal detectors.
‘The suspect came into the parking lot and I believe he exited his vehicle and quickly began shooting. It wasn’t precipitated by any kind of disturbance or an argument with anyone there,’ he said.
‘He did not get very far into the facility at all. I think that it probably only lasted one to two minutes.’
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Police work the crime scene on Friday morning after a gunman opened fire on a FedEx facility in Indianapolis overnight in an attack that left nine dead, including the gunman
Police say the gunman, who is yet to be identified, immediately opened fire with a rifle after getting out of his car in the parking lot and kept shooting as he made his way into the facility. Investigators were examining cars in the parking lot on Friday morning
Police and crime scene investigators continued to process the crime scene on Friday morning. Police are still working to identify the gunman and victims. It is not yet clear if the gunman was an employee at the facility and a motive for the attack is not yet known
Family and friends wait for word of their loved ones who were at the FedEx Ground facility during a shooting in Indianapolis, Thursday night, April 15, 2021. Some said employees aren’t allowed to have their phones with them while working shifts at the facility, making it difficult to contact them, WTHR-TV reported
Pictured: People hug after learning that their loved one is safe after a shooting inside a FedEx building Friday, April 16, 2021
FedEx employees are made to lock phones away so couldn’t call 911 or loved ones during mass shooting
Most FedEx employees are not allowed to carry cellphones inside the FedEx building or on the warehouse floor.
They are required to give up or lock away their phones while inside warehouse and sorting facilities.
The policy meant staff were unable to easily dial 911, or their loved ones, during the attack.
Desperate family said in the aftermath of the attack that they were still waiting to hear from their relatives.
It is understood FedEx is now reevaluating it’s no phone policy in the wake of the mass shooting.
In the early hours of Friday morning, frantic relatives of warehouse workers rushed to the scene outside the facility and were later pictured comforting each other in a nearby hotel as they awaited news on the victims.
Many were still waiting to be reunited with relatives by mid-morning on Friday.
Some FedEx employees are not allowed to use their cell phones on the floor of the warehouse and are required to have the devices locked away. FedEx is understood to be reevaluating this policy in the wake of the shooting given how staff were unable to easily dial 911, or their loved ones, during the attack.
FedEx CEO Frederick W. Smith sent a memo out about the ‘devastating’ shooting in which they lost eight employees.
‘While it will take some time to fully understand what happened, we know we lost eight team members in this senseless act of violence, he said.
‘I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and co-workers of those team members.’
He added that the company’s priority was now ‘responding to the situation on the ground and helping our team members and law enforcement’.
Employee Levi Miller told NBC’s Today that he heard more than a dozen shots before he saw the hooded gunman screaming and firing.
‘I stand up, I see a man, a hooded figure,’ he said. ‘I was unable to see his face in detail. However, the man did have an AR in his hand, and he started shouting and then he started firing at random directions.’
Miller said he didn’t recognize the gunman but his colleagues had said he was a ‘well-known worker at this facility’. He said it was possible the gunman was trying to target the manager.
Police have not confirmed if the gunman was an employee or the motive.
Other eyewitness accounts also suggested the gunman was armed with a rifle.
One eyewitnesses reported seeing a ‘man with a sub-machine gun or automatic rifle’ firing in the open before people started fleeing. Two more eyewitnesses reported seeing a man getting a gun from the trunk of his car. One worker told local media they saw a body on the floor, while another said they heard 10 shots before alerting law enforcement.
One victim’s uncle told Fox59 his niece had been sitting in her car when a gunman opened fire on her. He said she was recovering in hospital.
Another man told WTTV that his niece was sitting in her car in the driver’s seat when the gunfire erupted, and she was wounded. ‘She got shot on her left arm,’ said Parminder Singh. ‘She’s fine, she’s in the hospital now.’
He said his niece did not know the shooter.
WRTV reports that workers hid under conveyor belts during the incident.
Timothy Boillat, another employee at the facility, told WISH-TV that he saw around 30 police cars arriving at the scene as he witnessed the shooting unfold.
‘After hearing the shootings, I did see a body on the floor,’ he said. ‘Luckily, I was far enough away to where he [the shooter] didn’t see me.’
Indiana Congressman Andre Carson, who represents the 7th District of Indiana, including the city of Indianapolis, expressed his condolences for the victims’ loved ones in a statement Friday morning on Twitter.
‘I am heartbroken by the mass shooting at the FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and praying for all affected by this tragedy,’ he wrote. ‘I am communicating with local authorities to get all details of the attack and my office stands ready to help everyone affected any way we can.’
At around 2:45 a.m. on Friday, around 110 people were anxiously waiting in a nearby hotel for news on their loved ones working at the facility, before the initial death count was confirmed by the police. Those gathered had not heard from their loved ones working inside.
IMPD spokesperson Genae Cook speaks with a person looking for information on the people inside the FedEx building where multiple people were reportedly shot at the FedEx Ground facility early Friday, April 16, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana
Police say they came in contact with an active shooter after they were called shortly after 11 p.m. The male gunman is understood to have shot himself dead, becoming the ninth person to be confirmed dead in the attack
A bus transports people from the scene of a shooting at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis, on Thursday night
Family members await information about their loved ones who work at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis where a mass casualty shooting occurred late Thursday, on Friday, April 16, 2021
Relatives of those working in the facility waited at a nearby hotel – many in their pyjamas – to hear news about their loved ones. Around 110 people were said to be at the hotel waiting for news on Friday morning
Family members await information about their loved ones who work at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis where a mass casualty shooting occurred late Thursday, early Friday, April 16, 2021
Relatives of those working in the facility waited at a nearby hotel – many in their pyjamas – to hear news about their loved ones. ‘I’m just worried about my father,’ Ashlee Floyd said, speaking to the Indy Star. ‘I don’t know if he’s OK. I don’t know if he’s injured. I don’t know if he’s gone. I’m just scared right now. I don’t know anything. Nobody knows anything.’. Pictured: Family and friends at a nearby Holiday Inn Express wait for word of their loved ones who were at the FedEx facility
Family and friends wait for word of their loved ones who were at the FedEx Ground facility during a shooting in Indianapolis, Thursday night, April 15, 2021
Police and fire teams arrive at the scene outside a FedEx facility in Indianapolis where multiple people were reportedly shot at the FedEx Ground facility early Friday, April 16, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana
The facility in the 8900 block of Mirabel Road in Indianapolis employs more than 4,500 people; it is the company’s second largest hub in the world.
Pictures from a Holiday Inn near the airport showed family members of those who work in the facility waiting to hear an update about their loved ones.
Some said employees aren’t allowed to have their phones with them while working shifts at the facility, making it difficult to contact them, WTHR-TV reported.
Jeremiah Miller had just finished his shift at the facility when he heard up to 10 shots.
He told WISH: ‘I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open.’
‘My friend’s mother, she came in and told us to get inside the car. What we’ve been doing [since] is telling everyone, our co-workers not to go to work today,’ he said.
Another witness told WTHR-TV that he was working inside the building when he heard gunshots.
‘I see a man come out with a rifle in his hand and he starts firing and he starts yellin’ stuff that I could not understand,’ Levi Miller said. ‘What I ended up doing was ducking down to make sure he did not see me because I thought he would see me and he would shoot me.’
Meanwhile, relatives of those working in the facility waited at a nearby hotel – many in their pajamas – to hear news about their loved ones.
Ashlee Floyd told the Indianapolis Star that her father has worked at the facility for two decades. She said he usually calls his wife around 11:25 p.m. but he didn’t call Thursday, so family tried to contact him but he didn’t respond.
‘I’m just worried about my father,’ Floyd said, speaking to the Indy Star. ‘I don’t know if he’s OK. I don’t know if he’s injured. I don’t know if he’s gone. I’m just scared right now. I don’t know anything. Nobody knows anything.’
‘Normally when my mom calls, he’ll answer with his watch, but he has not responded. So we are kind of concerned,’ she added.
‘I’ve been here talking with loved ones,’ WRTV reporter Troy Washington wrote on Twitter. ‘People are pacing, crying, and hugging one another. It’s impossible to walk into this waiting area and not feel uneasy. Everyone has questions and mainly people just want to know if their loved ones are okay.’
Authorities judged there was no longer an immediate threat to public safety, Cook told reporters, and police were still gathering information to identify the victims.
‘The officers responded, they came in and did their job. A lot of them are trying to face this, because this is a sight that no one should have to see,’ Cook said.
Sgt. John Perrine, of Indiana State police, had tweeted: ‘I-70 is closed in both directions between I-465 and Ronald Regan Pkwy due to police activity in the area. Please seek alternate routes.’ The interstate is now reopen.
Anyone with loved ones who work at facility that cannot be reached are asked to go to the Holiday Inn at 8555 Stansted Drive, and anyone who was at the scene but left has been encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana 317-262-TIPS or contact homicide detectives at 317-327-3475.
Another eyewitness said reported seeing a ‘man with a sub-machine gun or automatic rifle’ firing in the open before people started fleeing. ‘I saw a man with a sub-machine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open. I immediately ducked down and got scared,’ the male witness said
Images from the scene show a heavy police presence. Initial reports suggest that the shooting took place inside the facility and outside in a parking lot
Pictured: The scene outside a FedEx facility in Indianapolis where multiple people were reportedly shot late Thursday night, April 15, 2021. Multiple emergency service vehicles could be seen outside the facility
It was at least the third mass shooting this year in Indianapolis alone. Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed in January, and a man was accused of killing three adults and a child before abducting his daughter during at argument at a home in March.
The attack follows several other mass shootings in recent weeks around the US. So far in 2021 alone, there had been 126 mass shooting incidents (involving four or more victims of gun violence) in the United States.
At the end of last month, four people, including a child, were shot dead in an office building in southern California.
On March 22, 10 people were killed in a shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.
That came less than a week after a man shot and killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at spas in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nearly 40,000 people in the United States die each year from guns, more than half of those being suicides.
The issue of gun regulation in the United States is politically fraught.
President Joe Biden this month announced six executive measures he said would help stem the gun violence crisis.
‘It’s an international embarrassment,’ Biden told Congress members and gun control activists at a White House ceremony.
‘Enough prayers,’ the Democrat said. ‘Time for some action.’
The move was immediately attacked by Republicans, with the party’s senior leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, warning of ‘unconstitutional overreach.’
America’s bloody month of gun violence: How at least 38 have been killed in mass shootings across the US since the beginning of March
- Eight people were shot dead at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis on Thursday, with details still emerging
- Six people were killed by former NFL-player Phillip Adams in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on April 7
- Four, including a 9-year-old boy, were gunned down by Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez in Orange, CA, March 31
- Ten people were killed in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22 in a King Soopers supermarket
- Eight were gunned down in two attacks on spas in Atlanta, Georgia, March 16, allegedly by Robert Aaron Long
By Lauren Lewis for the MailOnline
A gunman shot eight people dead and injured several others at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis before taking his own life on Thursday night, the latest in a spate of gun attacks in the last month.
The rampage brings the total fatalities from mass shootings in the US since the beginning of March to 38.
It comes as US President Joe Biden warned over an ‘epidemic’ of gun violence sweeping across the country.
He told reporters ‘it has to stop’ after talking about separate shootings in Boulder, Colorado, and Atlanta, Georgia, which took place less than a week apart in March and claimed the lives of 18 people.
Indianapolis, IN, April 15
At least eight people were killed and multiple others injured after a gunman went on a rampage with an assault rifle at a FedEx warehouse near Indianapolis Airport before shooting himself dead.
At least five people were hospitalized, including one person with critical injuries, police said in the early hours of April 16. Two others were treated at the scene and released. No law enforcement officers were injured.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Officer Genae Cook tolder reporters police officers came in contact with an active shooter after they were called shortly after 11pm.
The male gunman is understood to have taken his own life, and is the ninth confirmed death from the incident. Police reported finding the alleged shooter’s body at 11:23pm local time.
It was not immediately clear what the gunman’s motive was.
At least eight people have been killed and multiple others injured after a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday
Rock Hill, SC, April 7
Six people were shot dead by former NFL-player Phillip Adams, 32, on April 7.
The victims included a prominent South Carolina doctor Dr Robert Lesslie, his wife Barbara, and their two grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah and 5-year-old Noah.
One air conditioning technician, James Lewis, 38, was also killed in the attack. His colleague Robert Shook, 38, survived the initial attack but later died from his wounds in hospital.
Adams, who was reportedly being treated by Dr Lesslie for injuries sustained while playing football, later killed himself.
His brain is now being examined for possible degenerative disease that has been shown to cause violent mood swings and other cognitive disorders in some athletes and members of the military.
Six people, including a prominent local doctor, were shot dead by former NFL-player Phillip Adams, 32, on April 7
Orange, California, March 31
Four people, including a nine-year-old boy, were allegedly gunned down by Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez in an office complex in Orange, California on March 31.
The victims, who were all known to Gonzalez, were named as Luis Tovar, 50, Genevieve Raygoza, 28, Leticia Solis, and Matthew Farias, 9.
Farias reportedly died in the arms of his mother, Blanca Tamayo, who was critically wounded by survived the attack. His father later said Farias had died while trying to protect his mother.
Gonzalez, 44, from Fullerton, who arrived at the site in a rental car and had been living in a hotel, was wounded by police and was taken to hospital.
He was later charged with four counts of murder and one of attempted murder over the attack.
Four people, including a nine-year-old boy, were gunned down in an office complex in Orange, California on March 31
Boulder, Colorado, March 22
Ten people were shot dead in the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22.
Ahmad Alissa, 21, was arrested by police inside the supermarket after a brief shootout, where he was shot in the leg.
He had removed all clothing except shorts before being taken into custody but a rifle, a green tactical vest and a handgun were recovered inside the grocery store.
Alissa was remanded in custody by police and charged with ten counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
Friends and family say the shooter was a ‘paranoid loner’ who had never had a girlfriend and was bullied in school over his Syrian heritage.
His attorneys have claimed he was mentally ill at the time of the attack.
Ten people were shot dead by Ahamd Alissa, 21, in the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22
Atlanta, Georgia, March 16
Eight people were gunned down in a series of attacks on three Atlanta spas on March 16.
Robert Aaron Long, 21, allegedly carried out the shootings and then went on the run.
He was driving to Florida, allegedly to target porn-industry locations, when he was arrested by police who rammed his car off the road 150 miles south of Atlanta.
Six of the victims were Asian women and police said he carried out the massacre in retaliation for his sex addiction. Long was arrested and charged with eight counts of murder.
Eight people were gunned down by Richard Aaron Long, 21, in a series of attacks on three Atlanta spas on March 16
A list of major mass shootings in the United States in recent history
A gunman shot eight people dead and injured several others at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis before taking his own life, police said early on Friday. In the latest media briefing, officer Genae Cook said that including the gunman the total number of casualties was nine. Below is a list of major mass shootings in the United States in recent history:
TEXAS, April 8, 2021 – A gunman opened fire at the cabinet-making plant in Texas where he worked, killing one person and wounding six others before he was taken into custody.
CALIFORNIA, March 31, 2021 – Four people were killed, one of them a child, in a shooting at an office building in suburban Los Angeles before the suspect, wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police, was taken into custody.
COLORADO, March 22, 2021 – A mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado left 10 people dead, including a police officer.
ATLANTA, March 16, 2021 – Eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were shot dead in a string of attacks at day spas in and around Atlanta, and a man suspected of carrying out the shootings was arrested in southern Georgia.
GREENVILLE, July 5, 2020 – Ten people were shot in a Greenville, South Carolina, nightclub in an outburst of suspected gang-related violence that killed two people and critically injured two others, police said.
MILWAUKEE, Feb 26, 2020 – A gunman opened fire at the Molson Coors Beverage Co brewing complex in Milwaukee, killing five co-workers before he was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
ILLINOIS, Feb. 15, 2019 – Gary Martin, 45, opened fire at an Illinois factory after receiving notice of termination from his job there, killing five workers and wounding five policemen before he was slain by police.
EL PASO, Aug. 3, 2019 – A man fatally shot 22 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. A statement, believed to have been written by the suspect, called the attack ‘a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.’ Authorities arrested the shooter.
DAYTON, Aug. 4, 2019 – A gunman dressed in body armor opened fire in downtown Dayton, Ohio, killing nine people including his sister and wounding 27 others. Police killed the shooter.
VIRGINIA BEACH, May 31, 2019 – A disgruntled public utility employee opened fire with a handgun on co-workers at a municipal building in Virginia, killing 12 people and wounding at least four before he was fatally shot by police.
THOUSAND OAKS, Nov. 7, 2018 – A former Marine combat veteran killed 12 people in a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He then killed himself.
TREE OF LIFE, Oct. 27, 2018 – A gunman burst into the Tree of Life synagogue near Pittsburgh with a semi-automatic rifle and three handguns as he fired on congregants gathered for a Sabbath service, killing 11.
SANTA FE, Texas, May 18, 2018 – A 17-year-old student dressed in a trench coat and armed with a shotgun and pistol opened fire at his high school outside Houston, killing nine students and a teacher, before surrendering to officers.
PARKLAND, Feb. 14, 2018 – A former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, opened fire with an assault-style rifle, killing 17 students and educators.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Nov. 5, 2017 – A man thrown out of the U.S. Air Force for beating his wife and child shot 26 people fatally at a rural Texas church where his in-laws worshipped before killing himself.
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 1, 2017 – A gunman opened fire on a country music festival from a 32nd-floor hotel suite, killing 58 people and wounding 564 others before taking his own life.
ORLANDO, June 12, 2016 – A gunman fatally shot 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub, before he was shot dead by police.
SAN BERNARDINO, Dec. 2, 2015 – A husband and wife killed 14 people at a workplace holiday party in San Bernardino in Southern California before dying in a shootout with police.
ROSEBURG, Oct 1, 2015 – A gunman stalked onto an Oregon college campus and opened fire, killing nine people and wounding seven before police shot him to death.
CHARLESTON, June 17, 2015 – A White supremacist killed nine Black churchgoers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. He was sentenced to death.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 16, 2013 – A former Navy reservist working as a government contractor killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. He was shot dead by police.
NEWTOWN, Dec. 14, 2012 – A heavily armed gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children from five- to 10-years old, in a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
AURORA, July 20, 2012 – A masked gunman killed 12 people and wounded 70 others at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado. He received multiple life sentences.
FORT HOOD, Nov. 5, 2009 – An army major and psychiatrist opened fire at Fort Hood, a U.S. Army base in Texas, killing 13 people.