Crime FedEx gunman was able to buy two rifles despite FBI investigation and prior weapons seizure
8 people killed in shooting at Indianapolis FedEx facility; suspect also dead
The suspected gunman in the shooting killed himself, police said.Multiple other people were transported to hospital with injuries, police said.
Brandon Hole, 19, the FedEx gunman who shot and killed eight people before taking his own life on Thursday, was able to acquire two rifles, despite a prior FBI investigation and seizure of his shotgun in March 2020.
On Saturday, the Indianapolis Police DepartmentHole used two "assault rifles" in the attack, both of which were purchased legally in July and September, citing a trace from the . Months earlier, however, local seized a shotgun belonging to the teenager after his mother reportedly raised concerns that he was mentally unstable and might "commit suicide by cop."
What we know about the Indianapolis shooting: 8 dead at FedEx facility; suspected gunman dead
At least eight people were killed in a shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. The suspected gunman has died, police say. Here's what we know.Police responded to the FedEx Ground facility on the city's southwest side just after 11 p.m. Thursday for a report of shots fired at a business. There was an "active shooter" situation when officers arrived, said Genae Cook, spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
The FBI alsothat it interviewed Hole last year but found no evidence of a crime, according to the Associated Press. The 19-year-old's shotgun was never returned to him.
The gun seizure is consistent with red flag law proceedings, which allow authorities to take guns from those deemed a threat to themselves or others, prior to a scheduled hearing before a court of law. However, Police Chief Randal Taylor wasif he went through the process, according to the New York Times.
“I don’t know how we held on to it,” Taylor said of the gun. “But it’s good that we did.”
The chief went on to say that Hole went on to “legally purchase a much more powerful weapon than a shotgun," referring to the two "assault rifles" he used in the attack. It is unclear what caliber firearms he purchased, but generally, shotguns deliver greater terminal ballistics at close range than the commonly possessed intermediate cartridges fired from weapons such as the AR-15.
8 Victims in Mass Shooting at Indianapolis FedEx Facility Identified: ‘Enough Is Enough’
Eight people were killed and five injured in a mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility Thursday before the gunman took his own lifeThe eight were identified by police as Matthew R Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Kaur Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74.
Holeat the parking lot of the FedEx facility during a shift change and began shooting people with a rifle. He eventually made his way inside the building and continued the violence but took his own life before he could be confronted by law enforcement. The incident lasted no more than five minutes.
The teenager, who was a former employee at the facility, killed 32-year-old Matthew 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. Four of the victims were from the Sikh community.
Sikh community mourns loss of four in Indianapolis FedEx mass shooting
"Enough is enough — our community has been through enough trauma," Komal Chohan, who lost his maternal grandmother in the shooting, said.The Sikh Coalition, which is the nation's largest Sikh civil rights and advocacy organization, confirmed the tragic news on Saturday.
"We do not yet know the motive of the shooter, and we may never know for sure what drove him to do what he did. We do know, however, that the FedEx facility he targeted was well known for having a large Sikh workforce," The Sikh Coalitionin a statement. "Given everything our community has experienced in the past--the pattern of violence, bigotry, and backlash we have faced--it is impossible not to feel that same pain and targeting in this moment. We expect that the authorities will continue their full investigation and share what they learn when they can, and they will take this into account."
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner.
Tags:, , , , , , ,
Protest in Yangon ahead of regional summit on Myanmar crisis .
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters against Myanmar’s military coup returned Friday to the streets of downtown Yangon, defiantly chanting their opposition to the army’s seizure of power as the junta chief prepared to attend a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders on the country’s crisis. Such open demonstrations in the center of Myanmar’s largest city all but stopped weeks ago, as the deadly crackdown on dissent by the security forces made it too dangerous. Yangon is where the first major demonstrations were held against the February coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.