INDIANAPOLIS – At least eight people were shot and killed at a FedEx facility near Indianapolis International Airport on Thursday evening, authorities said.
Agents from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a shooting reported Thursday, according to department spokesman Genae Cook. When they arrived, they found an “active shooter incident,” Cook told reporters at a press conference early Friday.
“It’s a tragedy, but we’ll get through it with flying colors,” Cook said through tears.
Police believe the gunman died by suicide. Cook said officials do not believe there is an active threat to the community.
Cook confirmed that several people had been shot but did not give an exact number. She added that the shooter was dead and the public would not be in immediate danger.
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.
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FedEx issued a statement after the incident, saying it was cooperating with authorities and working to obtain more information.
“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport” the company said on Twitter. “Safety is our top priority and our hearts go out to all concerned.”
Representative Andre Carson, whose district includes Indianapolis, said Friday morning that he was communicating with local authorities and that his office was “ready to help all those affected in any way they can.”
“My heart is broken by the mass shooting at the FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and I pray for everyone affected by this tragedy,” he said via Twitter.
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.
The Indianapolis shooting comes after a pair of shootings last week – one in South Carolina that left six dead, including the shooter, former NFL player Phillip Adams – and another at a cabinet-making facility in Texas .
The incidents follow three high-profile mass shootings last month, starting with the rampage of a gunman in Georgia who killed eight people at three Atlanta-area spas on March 16. Less than a week later, a gunman killed 10 people in a Colorado supermarket. Then, on the last day of March, four people – including a 9-year-old boy – were killed in a targeted shooting inside an office building in Southern California.
Contributing: Steve Kiggins, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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