Multiple People Shot at FedEx Facility in Indianapolis -- 2nd Update
By Erin Mendell
A gunman killed eight people and wounded others at a FedEx Corp.
facility in Indianapolis before killing himself, the city's police
The police responded just after 11 p.m. local time on Thursday
to reports of shots being fired at the facility near Indianapolis's
airport and encountered the shootings still in progress,
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Genae Cook
said at a news conference.
In a statement posted at 6 a.m. Friday, the police department
said five people with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds were
transported to local hospitals. Two victims were treated at the
scene and released.
In a statement, FedEx said, "We are deeply shocked and saddened
by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at
our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis."
"Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by
this senseless act of violence," the company said. "The safety of
our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating
with investigating authorities."
On Twitter, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett praised the city's
"Their quick response provided critical aid to those injured in
the shooting and brought a measure of calm to an otherwise chaotic
scene," he said.
U.S. Rep. André Carson, who represents much of Indianapolis,
said on Twitter: "I am heartbroken by the mass shooting at the
FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and praying for all affected by
The FedEx facility employs more than 4,500 people and is the
second-largest hub for the company globally, according to the
Indianapolis Star newspaper. The police directed people who
couldn't reach family members who work at the facility to gather at
a hotel, rather than go to the scene of the shooting.
There have been several smaller shootings at FedEx and UPS
facilities in recent years. In June 2017, a UPS warehouse worker
opened fire during a morning meeting of delivery drivers in San
Francisco, killing three before turning the gun on himself.
In recent weeks, there has been a rash of mass shootings in the
U.S., after comparatively few over the course of the Covid-19
pandemic. On March 16, a gunman killed eight people at spas and
massage parlors in the Atlanta area. Days later, another gunman
killed 10 at a supermarket in Boulder, Colo.
Mass shootings tend to come in clusters, and when one occurs
another is likely to follow, according to research by the Violence
Project, a mass-shooting database founded by criminology professors
Jillian Peterson and James Densley.
Valerie Bauerlein and Thomas Gryta contributed to this
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