A former FedEx employee went on a shooting rampage late on Thursday, mowing down random workers at a facility in Indianapolis.
The accused individual has been named as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole of Indianapolis.
It is not clear yet what might have motivated the shooting, but Hole’s mom phoned police last year, saying she was afraid her son would try to kill himself by getting in a gunfight with police.
In the end, Hole didn’t die from suicide by cop, but instead by his own bullet. After taking down eight people in the parking lot and inside the FedEx plant, he shot himself fatally with his gun.
Another Shooting, Another Gun Control Blitz
Hole’s attack killed Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74. Four of the individuals were from Indianapolis’ Sikh community, causing the media to immediately begin searching for a racist motive, but police say they’ve found no evidence of that at this point.
At this stage, investigators have been going through Hole’s home, including taking away computers and other electronic devices to search for more about the lead-up and cause of the savage attack.
According to Indianapolis Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt, Hole pulled up to FedEx and started randomly shooting people in the parking lot, killing four and injuring others. He then entered the plant and killed four more, injuring numerous others as well. He then killed himself. It is not known yet whether Hole was a legal gun owner or had obtained the gun illegally.
“There was no confrontation with anyone that was there. There was no disturbance, there was no argument. He just appeared to randomly start shooting.” McCartt said.
Around 100 people were working when the shooting took place, and President Joe Biden has used the opportunity to talk about gun control, saying it is an “epidemic” and “too many Americans are dying every single day from gun violence. It stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation.”
He went on to say we must do “more” to stop gun violence.
Vice President Harris and I have been briefed on the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. God bless the eight individuals we lost and their loved ones, and we pray for the wounded for their recovery.
We can, and must, do more to reduce gun violence and save lives.
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 16, 2021
Eyewitness Testimony Paints Horrifying Picture
According to one eyewitness who was working at the time of the attack, Hole came in shouting strange things and began firing immediately. The FedEx employee Levi Miller said he ran for cover.
“I see a man come out with a rifle in his hand and he starts firing and he starts yelling stuff that I could not understand. What I ended up doing was ducking down to make sure he did not see me because I thought he would see me and he would shoot me,” Miller recalled.
The FBI said they already questioned Hole in the past after his mom called to say he was going to try to suicide by cop, and they also found suspicious items in his room. However, the investigation was not pursued because they said they concluded he’d committed no crime and did not show signs of believing in any hate ideologies. Officers last year simply removed a pump action shotgun from Hole’s home but did not pursue the issue further.
It is not clear why Hole left his former job at FedEx or if his attack could be related to grievances about that.
Attacks like this need to stop immediately. But gun control of responsible gun owners who don’t commit crimes and who are not a statistical threat is far from the way to do it. Outrage about these kind of attacks should bring total honesty: this country has a mental health crisis and we need more well-trained and armed individuals in society to take down scum who try to kill innocent people before they can succeed.