Shooter kills 8 at Indy FedEx facility
Shooter kills 8 at Indy FedEx facility
Eight people were killed late Thursday night at the FedEx Ground-Plainfield Operations Center near Interstate 70 across from the Indianapolis airport by a gunman who eventually took his own life.
Police said five others were hospitalized, including one with critical injuries, while two others were injured and released at the scene.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities.”
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) responded to 8951 Mirabel Road on a report of shots fired inside the FedEx Ground-Plainfield Operations Center. Officers arrived and located an active shooter incident.
IMPD officers found multiple victims with gunshot wounds. Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) pronounced eight people deceased at the scene. Five victims with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Two victims were treated by medics at the scene and released.
Preliminary information from evidence at the scene is that the alleged shooter has taken his own life.
Indiana State Police (ISP) detectives are working with IMPD Homicide detectives in interviewing multiple witnesses. The Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency responded to assist in identifying and collecting evidence. The Marion County Coroner’s Office (MCCO) will ascertain the cause of death and will release the names of the decedents once next-of-kin notification has been made.
The Victims Assistance and Chaplains Office responded to the scene and the Family Unification Center, which is located at the Holiday Inn Express, 8555 Stansted Drive in Indianapolis.
Authorities asked anyone with information about this incident to call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS). Those with information can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to www.CrimeTips.org to submit a web tip. You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to a felony arrest. Only tips submitted directly and anonymously to Crime Stoppers are eligible for these cash rewards. This release may be updated as more information becomes available. Information given via Crime Stoppers should be considered anonymous.
Genae Cook told reporters that no law enforcement officers were injured in what she described simply as a “tragedy.”
“It is very heartbreaking …,” Cook said. “The officers responded. They came in. They went in, and they did their job. And a lot of them are trying to face this because this is a sight that no one should ever have to see.”
The gunman has yet to be publicly identified and his motive remains unclear, according to police.
“The [gunman] came into the parking lot, and I believe he exited his vehicle and quickly began shooting. … The first shooting occurred in the parking lot, and then he went inside and did not get very far,” Indianapolis police Deputy Chief Craig McCartt told CNN.
McCartt also told CNN that the gunman killed himself as officers encountered him, and that no officer fired.
Levi Miller told 13News in Indianapolis that he was working inside the FedEx building when he heard gunshots.
“I’m at a bench and so I stand up and take a look at the entrance door and by the time I see the door, 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,” Miller told the TV station. “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.”
“When you’re in that situation, your instincts kick in,” Miller added. “When you’re in that moment in life, a lot of things start moving inside you from your mind and it all happens in a second. All for you to keep living.”
U.S. Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana’s 7th District tweeted: “I am heartbroken by the mass shooting at the FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and praying for all affected by this tragedy. 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.”
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett tweeted: “This morning, Indianapolis residents are confronted with the horrific news of yet another mass shooting, an act of violence that senselessly claimed the lives of eight of our neighbors.
“As law enforcement works to learn more about this tragedy, our prayers are with the families of those whose lives were cut short.
“Thank you to all of our city’s first responders for their tireless work overnight. Their quick response provided critical aid to those injured in the shooting and brought a measure of calm to an otherwise chaotic scene.”
16 April 2021, 12:59