Published: Fri, April 16, 2021
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Cops: 'Mass casualty' shooting in U.S. city of Indianapolis, gunman dead

Cops: 'Mass casualty' shooting in U.S. city of Indianapolis, gunman dead

A gunman killed eight people and wounded several others before killing himself in a late-night shooting at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said, in the latest in a spate of mass shootings after a relative lull during the pandemic.

Police spokeswoman Genae Cook told reporters officers found an "active shooter incident" at a Fedex facility near the city's worldwide airport, and believe the gunman died by suicide.

Police officials said Friday morning that they could not yet positively identify the shooter, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation added that it is conducting a search of a suspect's home.

Officials with the coroner's office began the process of identifying victims Friday afternoon, a process they said would take several hours.

A reporter with WRTV, an Indianapolis station, posted an interview on Twitter with a man who said he had been at the facility when the shooting broke out and later saw a body on the floor. "The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities", he added.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was "horrified and heartbroken" by the shooting and called for congressional action on gun control.

At 11:30 a.m., Carson said she had just heard from her daughter, Jessica, who works in the facility.

Family members of workers reportedly gathered at a local hotel to await word on loved ones. It was the country's deadliest shooting since 10 people were killed March 22 at a grocery in Colorado.

Some said employees were not allowed to have their phones with them while working shifts at the facility, making it hard to contact them. "I immediately ducked down and got scared and my friend's mother, she came in and told us to get inside the vehicle".

US President Joe Biden recently announced six new measures he said would help curb gun violence, a phenomenon he described as "an global embarrassment". "As law enforcement works to learn more about this tragedy, our prayers are with the families of those whose lives were cut short".

Traffic on a nearby portion of Interstate 70 was briefly closed, Sgt. John Perrine of the Indiana State Police wrote on Twitter.

"I see a man come out with a rifle in his hand and he starts firing and he starts yellin' stuff that I could not understand", Levi Miller told WTHR-TV. "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".

In his statement, the president ordered USA flags flown at half-staff as he did in the wake of the shootings in Atlanta and Boulder.

Another man told WTTV that his niece was sitting in her auto in the driver's seat when the gunfire erupted, and she was wounded.

"She got shot on her left arm", Parminder Singh said.

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