At least eight were killed in the FedEx facility in Indianapolis in the recent mass shootings in the United States
© Reuters. Police are seen on a street following a shooting incident at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis
From Shubham Kalia
(Reuters) – A gunman killed at least eight people and injured several others at a FedEx (NYSE 🙂 facility in Indianapolis before killing himself, police said early Friday, no later than a series of mass shootings in the United States in the past few weeks.
At least 30 people were killed in mass shootings in the US in the last month alone, restarting a fiery debate over gun control and the US constitutional right to carry weapons as the country struggled to get out of an ongoing coronavirus pandemic .
The last rampage occurred on Thursday evening after 11 p.m. local time at a FedEx operations center near Indianapolis International Airport.
An air freight killing agent told local TV station WRTV that he was eating when he heard what sounded like “two loud clang of metal,” followed by more gunshots.
“Someone went behind his car to the trunk and then got another gun,” he said, adding, “Then I saw a body on the floor.”
Indianapolis police spokeswoman Genae Cook told local reporters the authorities “had an incident involving active shooters.”
“Preliminary information is that the alleged shooter took his own life here at the scene,” she said.
Five people were taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds, while “several” others went to nearby hospitals. Two others were treated by medical staff at the facility and, according to police, released.
One of the people rushed to hospital was in critical condition, Cook said.
No further information about the victims, the suspect, or the suspect’s possible motive was immediately available.
A White House official said President Joe Biden would be briefed on the shooting Friday morning.
In early April, weeks after he took office, President Joe Biden announced limited gun violence measures, which included cracking down on self-organized “ghost weapons”. It could prove much more difficult to put in place stricter federal arms control measures that require the support of Congress and face fierce opposition from many Republicans.
Indianapolis Police Department deputy chief Craig McCartt told CNN that police did not fire any shots in the incident.
“There seems to be a lack of conflict resolution skills and people are way too quick to pick up a weapon and use a weapon to solve their problems today,” he said. “But everyone should be concerned about the frequency with which these events occur.”
Televisions showed families, friends and work colleagues of the victims, all wearing face masks because of the pandemic and most of them with their cell phones in hand, at a “family reunification center” set up by authorities at a nearby hotel.
A FedEx spokesman said the company was “deeply shocked and saddened” at the loss of its team members. He did not make it clear whether all of the killed were FedEx employees.
“Our deepest condolences go out to everyone involved in this senseless act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority and we are working fully with the law enforcement agencies,” he added.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett wrote on Twitter early Friday, “This morning Indianapolis residents are faced with the terrible news of yet another mass shooting, an act of violence that senselessly lost eight of our neighbors.”