Gunman Opens Fire At FedEx Ground Facility Killing Eight People And Then Himself
Indianapolis, IN – A gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late Thursday night killing eight people and then himself.
Shortly after 11 p.m., officers with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD) were dispatched to FedEx Ground-Plainfield Operation Center located at 8951 Mirabel Road in response to multiple reports of an active shooter.
According to Genae Cook, IMPD’s public information officer, investigators determined the shooter killed eight people and wounded at least five more before turning the gun on himself in an apparent suicide.
Multiple people were transported to nearby hospitals where one person was in “critical condition,” Cook said.
As of publishing, IMPD had not yet identified the victims or the gunman.
However, according to a reporter with local outlet WRTV who was at the scene shortly after the deadly incident, witnesses indicated the shooter was a male and used a “long gun” in the attack.
Additionally, authorities have not yet indicated the circumstances surrounding what led to the horrific mass shooting or if the gunman was a FedEx employee.
The transportation and logistics giant released a statement in the early morning hours on Friday in response to the heartbreaking news.
“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport. Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected. We are working to gather more information and are cooperating with investigating authorities.”
The White House also released a statement on Friday morning.
“The President will be briefed this morning on the shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. The White House Chief of Staff has been in touch with the Mayor of Indianapolis and the Homeland Security Advisor is in touch with law enforcement officials.”
Officer Cook told a group of local media at the scene that it would take some time to sort out exactly what happened.
“This is going to be an investigation that will go on throughout the day,” she said.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents will be assisting Indiana State Police and IMPD Homicide detectives in interviewing multiple witnesses.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow the developing investigation.