INDIANPOLIS – At least eight people were killed in a shooting Thursday night at a FedEx facility near Indianapolis International Airport, authorities said.
Police responded to the FedEx Ground facility on the southwest side of town just after 11 p.m. Thursday to a report of gunfire at a business. There was an “active shooter” situation when officers arrived, said Genae Cook, spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Eight people were killed in and around the facility, she said. An unknown number of others have gone to hospital with injuries. The alleged shooter is also dead. Cook said police believed the shooter had committed suicide.
“It’s a tragedy,” Cook said tearfully early Friday at a press conference.
Here’s what we know on Friday:
Who are the victims?
Eight people died and several people were injured and hospitalized. At least one person remained in critical condition as of 3 a.m. on Friday. Others injured have visited hospitals in the area, Cook said.
No law enforcement officer was among the injured, Cook said.
Police set up a family reunification center at the Holiday Inn, one kilometer from the warehouse, for those who had not heard from loved ones. The New York Times reported that FedEx has a policy that employees must give up their phones before they start working on the floor.
Several hours after the shooting, family members sat in the hotel lobby waiting to hear if their relatives who worked in the ground facilities were okay. Some were wearing pajamas. A man had a sleeping child covered with a blanket over his shoulder. They wore masks to protect themselves from COVID-19.
The scene inside the Holiday Inn’s ballroom was nothing short of “chaos,” other family members said. “I’m just worried about my dad,” said Ashlee Floyd. His father has worked at the FedEx facility near the airport for two decades. He usually calls his wife at 11:25 p.m., but hasn’t called on Thursdays. said, “I don’t know if he’s okay. I don’t know if he’s hurt. I don’t know if he’s gone. I’m just scared right now.
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Who is the suspect?
Authorities have not identified the shooter, who was found dead in what is believed to be a nearby suicide. It is not known whether the shooter was a FedEx employee or what his motive was.
A witness who said he worked at the facility told WISH-TV that he saw a man with a gun after hearing several shots.
“I saw a man with some kind of submachine gun, an automatic rifle, and he was shooting in the open,” Jeremiah Miller said.
What FedEx says
The FedEx Indianapolis hub, which employs more than 4,500 team members, is the second largest hub in the company’s global network, a representative told IndyStar, which is part of the USA TODAY network, in March.
FedEx released a statement after the incident on Twitter, saying it was cooperating with authorities and working to obtain more information.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis,” FedEx wrote in another statement shortly after 4 am. act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities. “
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Contributing: Alexandria Burris and Sarah Nelson, Indy Star; Elinor Aspergren, USA TODAY