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Posted at 11:34 PM, Apr 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-17 00:03:17-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Multiple victims have been reported after shots were fired at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, according to police.

The incident was reported at the FedEx facility in the 8900 block of Mirabel Road in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Genae Cook said officers were called to the location for shots fired around 11 p.m. Thursday.

The facility is located near the Indianapolis International Airport.

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Heartbreak in the Hoosier State

10:18 p.m. Friday
FedEx released the following statement Friday evening.

The last 24 hours have been some of the most difficult in the history of our company. As we all mourn the tragic loss of eight team members killed in the senseless violence at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis, we want to again share our deepest condolences to the families, friends and co-workers of the victims. In this time of grief, we pay our most sincere respects to those lost on the evening of April 15.

  • Matthew R. Alexander, 32 years old
  • Samaria Blackwell, 19 years old
  • Amarjeet Johal, 66 years old
  • Jaswinder Kaur, 64 years old
  • Amarjit Sekhon, 48 years old
  • Jaswinder Singh, 68 years old
  • Karli Smith, 19 years old
  • John Weisert, 74 years old
We also continue to keep the five injured individuals in our thoughts and prayers. FedEx representatives on the ground in Indianapolis are staying in close contact with the families of all those affected.

We want to thank our exceptional security team and staff members, along with the many brave first responders and law enforcement officials in Indianapolis for their response and continued efforts to investigate this criminal act. Our team continues to work closely with law enforcement. We can confirm that the attack occurred in the parking lot and screening area of the facility where the suspect was previously employed for two months, from August to October 2020. We have no other information we can confirm at this time.

Violence of any kind has no place in our society or our workplace, and the safety of our team members will always be our top priority. We continue to provide grief counseling and resources to our team members across our operating companies in the Indianapolis area. For team members who are feeling uncomfortable or in need of help, please reach out to your manager or call the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP offers confidential assistance for stress, anxiety, and grief to you, your spouse and dependents, and all household members regardless of whether or not you have medical coverage through FedEx. The company provides this benefit at no cost to team members.

Many of you have asked how you can help, and we will share additional information in the coming days about how you can support the victims’ families and loved ones. Please take care of yourselves and one another during this difficult time and know that your leadership stands in solidarity with the entire FedEx workforce which is the heart of our company.


Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and CEO

Raj Subramaniam, President and COO

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8:26 p.m.
The identities of the 8 people killed have been released.

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5:59 p.m. Friday
President Joe Biden spoke about gun laws and mass shootings.

President Joe Biden talks about gun laws and mass shootings

4:54 p.m. Friday
The American Red Cross released the following statement:

“The thoughts and deepest sympathies of the entire American Red Cross family are with the people of Indianapolis and those affected by the tragic shooting at the FedEx facility on Thursday night.

Early Friday morning, the Red Cross responded to a request to provide food, drinks and water to our public safety officials as they interviewed witnesses and victims. Our mass fatality support team has also been placed on standby to assist where needed. The Red Cross is closely coordinating our efforts with the City of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Office of Public Health and Safety, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Over the coming days, the Red Cross will continue to work with local officials and community partners to determine how we can best support the Indianapolis community during this challenging time.”

4:05 p.m. Friday

IMPD gives an update on the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late Thursday night. Here's what we know:

According to police, the coroner is still working to identify the victims and are still in the process of notifying family members.

At this time, police do not know if anything happened leading up to the point of Thursday night's shooting.

Police say the suspect was last employed with FedEx in 2020. Police believe the suspect worked there in the fall. They don't know whether or not he was fired.

3:57 p.m. Friday

3:56 p.m. Friday
"We can confirm that the perpetrator was a former employee at the facility," a statement from FedEx read.

3:15 p.m. Friday
Three sources have identified the suspect in the deadly mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis as Brandon Scott Hole, ABC News is reporting.

1:30 p.m. Friday
Mayor Joe Hogsett said Indianapolis only left with grief after Thursday night's mass shooting and called it a "devastating blow."

12:20 p.m. Friday
President Joe Biden has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset April 20 in honor of the victims of Thursday's mass shooting at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis.

10:30 a.m. Friday

LIVE: The FBI, IMPD and Mayor Hogsett are providing an update after a gunman killed 8 people before fatally shooting themself.

10:20 a.m. Friday
FexEx chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith released a statement:

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you regarding the tragedy that occurred at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis last night. While it will take some time to fully understand what happened, we know we lost eight team members in this senseless act of violence.

First and foremost, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and co-workers of those team members. Our priority right now is in responding to the situation on the ground and helping our team members and law enforcement. We have a team onsite in Indianapolis to provide support, and we are making counselors available.

This is a devastating day, and words are hard to describe the emotions we all feel. Please keep the Indianapolis team and surrounding community in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to support and care for each other in the difficult days ahead.

9:15 a.m. Friday
Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a statement ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff until April 20.

“This is another heartbreaking day and I’m shaken by the mass shooting at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Indiana State Police are working with local responders and we will continue to offer any and all resources needed to assist during this tragedy. In times like this, words like justice and sorrow fall short in response for those senselessly taken. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, coworkers and all those affected by this terrible situation.

"Today, I will order that flags be lower to half-staff from now until sunset on Tuesday, April 20 in remembrance of those we've lost."

6:45 a.m. Friday
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett released a statement on the mass shooting:

“This morning, Indianapolis residents are confronted with the horrific news of yet another mass shooting, an act of violence that senselessly claimed the lives of eight of our neighbors. As law enforcement works to learn more about this tragedy, our prayers are with the families of those whose lives were cut short.

"Thank you to all of our city’s first responders for their tireless work overnight. Their quick response provided critical aid to those injured in the shooting and brought a measure of calm to an otherwise chaotic scene.”

6:40 a.m. Friday
A White House official released a statement on the mass shooting:

“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.”

6:30 a.m. Friday
The FBI will now be assisting IMPD with the investigation into the mass shooting at a FedEx facility.

"We were asked by IMPD to assist in the investigation and we will be looking for any federal nexus," a spokesperson for the FBI told WRTV.

3 a.m. Friday
Eight people were found with apparent gunshot wounds at the scene who have died, IMPD Officer Genae Cook said.

The suspect was also found dead after he died by suicide, Cook said.

Several other people have been taken to local hospitals with injuries, Cook said. Additional details about their injuries haven't been released.

The identities of those involved haven't been released.

Cook is asking for all information about this shooting to come from the IMPD Public Affairs Office.

Anyone who was at the scene but left is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana 317-262-TIPS or contact homicide detectives at 317-327-3475.

Those who are scheduled to work at the facility later in the day should contact their supervisors. The facility will be closed for several hours while detectives are at the scene investigating.

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Rep. Andre Carson released the following statement.

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Families are waiting to hear an update on loved ones who worked at the FedEx facility.

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This is part of the police dispatch traffic as officers responded to the scene.

AUDIO from Mass Casualty Shooting at FedEx facility in Indianapolis

1:32 a.m. Friday
FedEx released the following statement.

“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.”

1:16 a.m.
Officers arrived on the scene and encountered an active shooter, IMPD Officer Genae Cook said.

Several people have apparent gunshot wounds, Cook said. The suspect died by suicide. Other people have been taken to local hospitals.

There is no ongoing threat to the community, Cook said.

Additional details haven't been released.

IMPD Briefing from IMPD Mass Casualty Shooting at FedEx

1:10 a.m.
Any concerned family members can report to the Hilton Inn Express near the Indianapolis Airport.

1:03 a.m.
We are expecting an update from IMPD soon.

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12:31 a.m. Friday
IMPD Public Information Officer William Young says police are calling the incident a "mass casualty."

12:27 a.m. Friday
Chris Bavender, public affairs specialist for the FBI Indianapolis Field Office, released the following statement:

“Our assistance has not been requested at this time but, as always, we stand ready to offer support as needed.”

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