At the least eight shot lifeless, police say
INDIANAPOLIS – At least eight people were shot dead late Thursday at a FedEx facility near Indianapolis International Airport.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials responded to a shooting Thursday, according to department spokesman Genae Cook. When they arrived they found an “active shooter incident,” Cook told reporters during a news conference early Friday.
“This is a tragedy, but we will get through it with flying colors,” said Cook tearfully.
Cook confirmed that several people were shot but did not provide a specific number. She added that the shooter had died and the public was not in imminent danger.
Cook said it was too early to say if the shooter was an employee at the facility. “We’re still trying to find out the exact reason and cause of this incident,” she said.
At least four people were transported to local hospitals, including one with critical injuries with “gunshot-related injuries,” Cook said. Two more were treated on site.
No police officers were injured, according to Cook. Other injured people were taken to hospitals in the area, she added.
The FedEx Indianapolis hub, which employs more than 4,500 team members, is the second largest hub in the company’s global network, a representative told IndyStar, part of the USA TODAY Network, in March.
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Police set up a family reunion center at the Holiday Inn, a mile from the warehouse, for those who hadn’t heard from loved ones. The New York Times reported that FedEx has a policy requiring employees to give up their phones before starting work on the ground.
FedEx issued a statement following the incident stating that it was cooperating with the authorities and was working to obtain more information.
“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near Indianapolis Airport,” the company said on Twitter. “Safety is our top priority and we think of everyone involved.”
Rep. Andre Carson, whose district is Indianapolis, said early Friday that he had communicated with local authorities and that his office was “ready to do whatever it can to help anyone.”
“I am broken by the mass shootings at the FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and I pray for everyone affected by this tragedy,” he said on Twitter.
A witness who said he worked at the facility told WISH-TV that he saw a man with a gun after hearing multiple shots.
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“I saw a man with a submachine gun, an automatic rifle, and he was shooting outdoors,” said Jeremiah Miller.
The Indianapolis shooting comes after two shootings last week – one in South Carolina that killed six people, including the shooter, former NFL player Phillip Adams – and another at a carpentry shop in Texas.
These incidents followed three high-profile mass shootings last month, beginning with a gunman rampage in Georgia that killed eight people in three Atlanta area spas on March 16. Less than a week later, a shooter killed 10 people in a Colorado supermarket. Then, on the last day of March, four people – including a 9-year-old boy – were killed in a targeted shooting in an office building in southern California.
Featuring: Steve Kiggins, USA TODAY; The Associated Press