Gunman in FedEx Ground Mass Shooting Identified, President Biden Urges Action on Guns
Indianapolis, IN – The gunman who police say killed eight people at a FedEx Ground facility late Thursday night has been identified as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole.
In a statement on Friday, FedEx acknowledged the suspect was a former employee.
Craig McCartt, deputy chief of criminal investigations for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), said during a news conference Friday afternoon that Hole was employed by the transportation and logistics giant last year, but was not employed at the time of the deadly shooting.
The motive for the attack remains unclear at this time, according to McCartt.
The FBI working with state and local authorities seized personal property from Hole’s place of residence in an effort to learn more.
The shooting began shortly after 11 p.m. in the parking lot of the FedEx Ground-Plainfield Operation Center located at 8951 Mirabel Road.
“This suspect came to the facility, and when he came there he got out of his car and pretty quickly started some random shooting outside the facility,” McCartt said during a news conference Friday morning.
When officers arrived to the scene shortly after the shooting ended, they found four deceased victims outside of the building and four inside.
The gunman was also found deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
McCartt indicated the shooter used a “rifle” in the attack, but has not yet specified what kind.
Further, McCartt said it is also unclear at this time if the gun used in the killings was acquired legally.
The victims have not yet been identified as the coroner’s office continues to work through that process, McCartt also informed.
At least five others are also in the hospital being treated for injuries sustained due to gunfire.
Their conditions are not known at this time.
Gunman Previously Known to Law Enforcement
We also learned the gunman was previously known to law enforcement.
“In March 2020, the suspect’s mother contacted law enforcement to report he might try to commit ‘suicide by cop,'” FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said on Friday. “The suspect was placed on an immediate detention mental health temporary hold by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. A shotgun was seized at his residence. Based on items observed in the suspect’s bedroom at that time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020. No Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the course of the assessment and no criminal violation was found. The shotgun was not returned to the suspect.”
In addition, McCartt indicated the shooter’s name also appears in a 2013 IMPD criminal report, but did not provide further details.
President Biden Urges Action on Gun Control Legislation
In response to the news of the mass killing, President Joe Biden ordered flags be lowered to half-staff.
Despite the fact much is still unknown about what led to these horrific events, the President quickly seized on the tragedy to urge Congress to “act” on new gun control measures.
“Last night and into the morning in Indianapolis, yet again families had to wait to hear word about the fate of their loved ones,” Mr. Biden said in a statement. “What a cruel wait and fate that has become too normal and happens every day somewhere in our nation. Gun violence is an epidemic in America. But we should not accept it. We must act.”
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also wasted no time in calling for stricter gun laws.
“As we pray for the families of all affected, we must work urgently to enact commonsense gun violence prevention laws to save lives & prevent this suffering,” the Speaker said in a tweet.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow the developing investigation.