Published: Sat, April 17, 2021
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Indianapolis shooting leaves eight people dead at FedEx facility in US

Indianapolis shooting leaves eight people dead at FedEx facility in US

Police say a gunman shot and killed eight people inside a FedEx ground facility.

Hole was a former employee of the FedEx facility that employed a large number of Sikh workers and he was already on the Federal Bureau of Investigation radar, although authorities said he had "no racially motivated violent extremism ideology" when they interviewed him in 2020.

Coroners released the names of the victims late Friday, a little less than 24 hours after the latest mass shooting to rock the U.S. Four of them were members of Indianapolis' Sikh community.

Attorney General Merrick Garland was briefed on the shooting, and the White House said President Joe Biden would be. "A lot of them are trying to face this because this is a sight that no one should ever have to see", Cook said. He said agents found no evidence of a crime and that they did not identify Hole as espousing a racially motivated ideology.

"Gun violence is an epidemic in America", Biden said in a statement. He said police have not yet uncovered a motive for Thursday's shooting but added that law enforcement officers seized a gun from him a year ago. Victims include persons of Indian American Sikh community.

The Indianapolis carnage follows a spate of mass shootings across the U.S. in recent weeks, including at an office building in southern California, a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado and at several spas in Atlanta, Georgia where eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were killed. "It stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation".

Two employees inside the building at the time said that they heard 10 gunshots.

"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", Levi Miller told WTHR-TV. The senseless gun violence that we're seeing in this country is reflective of all of the spineless politicians who are beholden to the gun lobby. "I thought he saw me and so I immediately ducked for cover", he added.

Mr Jawandha said that his father had brought his mother food and was getting ready to go inside when the shooting started.

But Sikhs, whose religion originated in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent, accounted for four of those killed and at least one wounded, according to Gurinder Singh Khalsa, a businessman and leader of the local Sikh community.

The shooting also adds to burgeoning national tally.

"This is a devastating day, and words are hard to describe the emotions we all feel", he wrote in an email to employees.

Eight people were killed.

"I am heartbroken by the mass shooting at the FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and praying for all affected by this tragedy", he said via Twitter.

That came less than a week after a man shot and killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at spas in Atlanta, Georgia.

The city's mayor, Joe Hogsett, closed the press briefing by stating that Indianapolis is a resilient community.

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