Multiple People Shot at FedEx Facility in Indianapolis -- 3rd Update
By Erin Mendell and Cameron McWhirter
A man shot and killed at least eight people and wounded others
Thursday night at a FedEx Corp. facility in Indianapolis before
apparently killing himself, the city's police said, the latest in a
string of high-profile shootings.
Just after 11 p.m. local time Thursday, police responded 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.
Five people with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds were
taken to local hospitals, police said. Two victims were treated at
the scene and released.
Fred Smith, the founder and chief executive of FedEx, confirmed
Friday that eight workers were killed at the Indianapolis Ground
facility. In a message to employees, he said it would take some
time to understand what happened in "this senseless act of
Mr. Smith said the company was cooperating with law enforcement
and providing counselors to local employees and their families. His
statement didn't discuss the suspect or potential motive.
The FedEx facility, more than 300,000 square feet, is part of
the company's FedEx Ground operations, which mostly handles its
ecommerce parcels. The company also operates a major FedEx Express
hub at the airport.
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 2014, a worker at a FedEx facility in suburban Atlanta opened
fire at his workplace, wounding multiple people before killing
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 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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