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At least eight dead and multiple others injured after a gunman with an assault rifle goes on a rampage at a FedEx facility near Indianapolis Airport before killing himself

 At least eight people have been killed and five others hospitalized after a gunman went on a rampage with an assault rifle at a FedEx warehouse near Indianapolis Airport before shooting himself dead.

Officers say they arrived to an 'active shooter incident' and found 'multiple victims' with gunshot wounds in a 'mass casualty event' on Thursday night. A number of people have been taken to hospital for their injuries.

One eyewitnesses reported seeing a 'man with a sub-machine gun or automatic rifle' firing in the open before people started fleeing. 'I saw a man with a sub-machine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open. I immediately ducked down and got scared,' the male witness said.


At least five people were hospitalized, including one person with critical injuries, police said in the early hours of Friday morning. Two others were treated at the scene and released. No law enforcement officers were injured. 

The male gunman shot himself dead, police said, and is the ninth confirmed death from the incident. Police reported finding the alleged shooter's body at 11:23 p.m. local time.

The shooter wasn't immediately identified, and investigators were in the process of conducting interviews and gathering information. Cook said it was too early to tell whether the shooter was an employee at the facility, that will be closed for several hours while the investigation is undertaken.

'We're still trying to ascertain the exact reason and cause for this incident,' she said.

Two more eyewitnesses reported seeing a man getting a gun from the trunk of his car. One worker told local media they saw a body on the floor, while another said they heard 10 shots before alerting law enforcement. 

It is understood that FedEx employees are not allowed to use their cell phones on the floor of the warehouse and have to have the devices locked away. FedEx is understood to be reevaluating this policy in the wake of the shooting given how staff were unable to easily dial 911, or their loved ones, during the attack.

In the early hours of Friday morning, frantic relatives of warehouse workers rushed to the scene outside the facility and were later pictured comforting each other in a nearby hotel as they awaited news on the victims. All available chaplains in the area were called to help with the incident.

The shooting was the latest in a string of mass shootings across the U.S. in recent months. Eight people were fatally shot at massage businesses across metro Atlanta, and 10 died in gunfire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado last month.


Police are investigating a 'mass casualty' shooting at FedEx facility near Indianapolis airport, pictured. At least eight people have been killed, police confirmed on Friday morning, and other has been taken to hospital

Police are investigating a 'mass casualty' shooting at FedEx facility near Indianapolis airport, pictured. At least eight people have been killed, police confirmed on Friday morning, and other has been taken to hospital

This is very heartbreaking,' Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Officer Genae Cook (pictured during a press conference) told reports at around 3 a.m. on Friday, hours after the shooting. The shooter turned the gun on himself

This is very heartbreaking,' Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Officer Genae Cook (pictured during a press conference) told reports at around 3 a.m. on Friday, hours after the shooting. The shooter turned the gun on himself

IMPD spokesperson Genae Cook speaks with a person looking for information on the people inside the FedEx building where multiple people were reportedly shot at the FedEx Ground facility early Friday, April 16, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana

IMPD spokesperson Genae Cook speaks with a person looking for information on the people inside the FedEx building where multiple people were reportedly shot at the FedEx Ground facility early Friday, April 16, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana

Police say they came in contact with an active shooter after they were called shortly after 11 p.m. The male gunman is understood to have shot himself dead, becoming the ninth person to be confirmed dead in the attack

Police say they came in contact with an active shooter after they were called shortly after 11 p.m. The male gunman is understood to have shot himself dead, becoming the ninth person to be confirmed dead in the attack

Family and friends wait for word of their loved ones who were at the FedEx Ground facility during a shooting in Indianapolis, Thursday night, April 15, 2021. Some said employees aren't allowed to have their phones with them while working shifts at the facility, making it difficult to contact them, WTHR-TV reported

Family and friends wait for word of their loved ones who were at the FedEx Ground facility during a shooting in Indianapolis, Thursday night, April 15, 2021. Some said employees aren't allowed to have their phones with them while working shifts at the facility, making it difficult to contact them, WTHR-TV reported

Pictured: People hug after learning that their loved one is safe after a shooting inside a FedEx building Friday, April 16, 2021

Pictured: People hug after learning that their loved one is safe after a shooting inside a FedEx building Friday, April 16, 2021

At least eight people have been killed and multiple others injured after a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday

IMPD officers say they found 'multiple victims', 13News reports. It is not known many people have been injured in total, but four were said to have been taken to hospital, with one in a critical condition

Two eyewitnesses report seeing a man getting a gun from the trunk of his car. One worker said they saw a body on the floor. Pictured: A crowd gathers in the car park of the FedEx facility

Two eyewitnesses report seeing a man getting a gun from the trunk of his car. One worker said they saw a body on the floor. Pictured: A crowd gathers in the car park of the FedEx facility

A bus transports people from the scene of a shooting at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis, Thursday night, April 15, 2021

A bus transports people from the scene of a shooting at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis, Thursday night, April 15, 2021 



Images from the scene showed a heavy police presence. Initial reports suggest that the shooting took place both inside the facility and outside in a parking lot.

Cook said the gunman was believed to have been acting alone, that there is no longer an 'active threat to the community,' and encouraged anyone who was at the scene to contact the local police, or for those working in the facility to contact their supervisor to let them know if they are safe.

She added there would be another briefing later this morning. The identities of the people involved in the shooting are yet to be released by authorities.

FedEx called the shooting 'tragic' in a statement, adding: 'We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport. Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected. We are working to gather more information and are cooperating with investigating authorities.'

Law enforcement were called to the scene at around 11 p.m. local time, according to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Genae Cook.

'This is very heartbreaking,' Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Officer Genae Cook told reports at around 3 a.m. on Friday, hours after the shooting. She said police officers came in contact with an active shooter after they were called shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday.

'We have located eight people at the scene with injuries consistent to gunshot wounds. Those eight were pronounced deceased at the scene,' Cook said. 'This is a tragedy.' 

Live video from news outlets at the scene showed crime scene tape in the parking lot outside the facility.

Police dispatch audio details how one caller heard 10 shots before alerting law enforcement; another told cops there was a 'possible person laying shot near security in the front entrance of the building'.


One victim's uncle told Fox59 his niece had been sitting in her car when a gunman opened fire on her. He said she was recovering in hospital.

Another man told WTTV that his niece was sitting in her car in the driver's seat when the gunfire erupted, and she was wounded. 'She got shot on her left arm,' said Parminder Singh. 'She's fine, she's in the hospital now.'

He said his niece did not know the shooter.

WRTV reports that workers hid under conveyor belts during the incident.

Timothy Boillat, another employee at the facility, told WISH-TV that he saw around 30 police cars arriving at the scene as he witnessed the shooting unfold.

'After hearing the shootings, I did see a body on the floor,' he said. 'Luckily, I was far enough away to where he [the shooter] didn't see me.'

Indiana Congressman Andre Carson, who represents the 7th District of Indiana, including the city of Indianapolis, expressed his condolences for the victims' loved ones in a statement Friday morning on Twitter.

'I am heartbroken by the mass shooting at the FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and praying for all affected by this tragedy,' he wrote. 'I am communicating with local authorities to get all details of the attack and my office stands ready to help everyone affected any way we can.'

At around 2:45 a.m. on Friday, around 110 people were anxiously waiting in a nearby hotel for news on their loved ones working at the facility, before the initial death count was confirmed by the police. Those gathered had not heard from their loved ones working inside.

Family members await information about their loved ones who work at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis where a mass casualty shooting occurred late Thursday, on Friday, April 16, 2021

Family members await information about their loved ones who work at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis where a mass casualty shooting occurred late Thursday, on Friday, April 16, 2021

Relatives of those working in the facility waited at a nearby hotel - many in their pyjamas - to hear news about their loved ones. Around 110 people were said to be at the hotel waiting for news on Friday morning

Relatives of those working in the facility waited at a nearby hotel - many in their pyjamas - to hear news about their loved ones. Around 110 people were said to be at the hotel waiting for news on Friday morning

Family members await information about their loved ones who work at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis where a mass casualty shooting occurred late Thursday, early Friday, April 16, 2021

Family members await information about their loved ones who work at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis where a mass casualty shooting occurred late Thursday, early Friday, April 16, 2021

Relatives of those working in the facility waited at a nearby hotel - many in their pyjamas - to hear news about their loved ones. 'I'm just worried about my father,' Ashlee Floyd said, speaking to the Indy Star. 'I don't know if he's OK. I don't know if he's injured. I don't know if he's gone. I'm just scared right now. I don't know anything. Nobody knows anything.'. Pictured: Family and friends at a nearby Holiday Inn Express wait for word of their loved ones who were at the FedEx facility

Relatives of those working in the facility waited at a nearby hotel - many in their pyjamas - to hear news about their loved ones. 'I'm just worried about my father,' Ashlee Floyd said, speaking to the Indy Star. 'I don't know if he's OK. I don't know if he's injured. I don't know if he's gone. I'm just scared right now. I don't know anything. Nobody knows anything.'. Pictured: Family and friends at a nearby Holiday Inn Express wait for word of their loved ones who were at the FedEx facility

Family and friends wait for word of their loved ones who were at the FedEx Ground facility during a shooting in Indianapolis, Thursday night, April 15, 2021

Family and friends wait for word of their loved ones who were at the FedEx Ground facility during a shooting in Indianapolis, Thursday night, April 15, 2021

Police and fire teams arrive at the scene outside a FedEx facility in Indianapolis where multiple people were reportedly shot at the FedEx Ground facility early Friday, April 16, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana

Police and fire teams arrive at the scene outside a FedEx facility in Indianapolis where multiple people were reportedly shot at the FedEx Ground facility early Friday, April 16, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana

Images from the scene show a heavy police presence. Law enforcement were called to the scene at around 11 p.m. local time, and the body of the shooter was reported found at 11:23 am on Thursday

Images from the scene show a heavy police presence. Law enforcement were called to the scene at around 11 p.m. local time, and the body of the shooter was reported found at 11:23 am on Thursday

Pictured: A statement released by FedEx following the news of the shooting

Pictured: A statement released by FedEx following the news of the shooting

The facility in the 8900 block of Mirabel Road in Indianapolis employs more than 4,500 people; it is the company's second largest hub in the world.

Pictures from a Holiday Inn near the airport showed family members of those who work in the facility waiting to hear an update about their loved ones.

Some said employees aren't allowed to have their phones with them while working shifts at the facility, making it difficult to contact them, WTHR-TV reported. 

Jeremiah Miller had just finished his shift at the facility when he heard up to 10 shots.

He told WISH: 'I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open.'

'My friend's mother, she came in and told us to get inside the car. What we've been doing [since] is telling everyone, our co-workers not to go to work today,' he said.  

Another witness told WTHR-TV that he was working inside the building when he heard gunshots.

'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 said. '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.' 

Meanwhile, relatives of those working in the facility waited at a nearby hotel - many in their pyjamas - to hear news about their loved ones.

Ashlee Floyd told the Indianapolis Star that her father has worked at the facility for two decades. She said he usually calls his wife around 11:25 p.m. but he didn't call Thursday, so family tried to contact him but he didn't respond.

'I'm just worried about my father,' Floyd said, speaking to the Indy Star. 'I don't know if he's OK. I don't know if he's injured. I don't know if he's gone. I'm just scared right now. I don't know anything. Nobody knows anything.'

'Normally when my mom calls, he'll answer with his watch, but he has not responded. So we are kind of concerned,' she added.

'I've been here talking with loved ones,' WRTV reporter Troy Washington wrote on Twitter. 'People are pacing, crying, and hugging one another. It's impossible to walk into this waiting area and not feel uneasy. Everyone has questions and mainly people just want to know if their loved ones are okay.'

Authorities judged there was no longer an immediate threat to public safety, Cook told reporters, and police were still gathering information to identify the victims.

'The officers responded, they came in and did their job. A lot of them are trying to face this, because this is a sight that no one should have to see,' Cook said.

Sgt. John Perrine, of Indiana State police, had tweeted: 'I-70 is closed in both directions between I-465 and Ronald Regan Pkwy due to police activity in the area. Please seek alternate routes.' The interstate is now reopen.

Anyone with loved ones who work at facility that cannot be reached are asked to go to the Holiday Inn at 8555 Stansted Drive, and anyone who was at the scene but left has been encouraged to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana 317-262-TIPS or contact homicide detectives at 317-327-3475.


Another eyewitness said  reported seeing a 'man with a sub-machine gun or automatic rifle' firing in the open before people started fleeing. 'I saw a man with a sub-machine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open. I immediately ducked down and got scared,' the male witness said

Another eyewitness said  reported seeing a 'man with a sub-machine gun or automatic rifle' firing in the open before people started fleeing. 'I saw a man with a sub-machine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open. I immediately ducked down and got scared,' the male witness said

Images from the scene show a heavy police presence. Initial reports suggest that the shooting took place inside the facility and outside in a parking lot

Images from the scene show a heavy police presence. Initial reports suggest that the shooting took place inside the facility and outside in a parking lot

Pictured: The scene outside a FedEx facility in Indianapolis where multiple people were reportedly shot late Thursday night, April 15, 2021. Multiple emergency service vehicles could be seen outside the facility

Pictured: The scene outside a FedEx facility in Indianapolis where multiple people were reportedly shot late Thursday night, April 15, 2021. Multiple emergency service vehicles could be seen outside the facility

Police are investigating a shooting at FedEx facility near Indianapolis airport, according to reports Thursday (stock image)

Police are investigating a shooting at FedEx facility near Indianapolis airport, according to reports Thursday (stock image)

It was at least the third mass shooting this year in Indianapolis alone. Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed in January, and a man was accused of killing three adults and a child before abducting his daughter during at argument at a home in March.

The attack follows several other mass shootings in recent weeks around the US. So far in 2021 alone, there had been 126 mass shooting incidents (involving four or more victims of gun violence) in the United States.

At the end of last month, four people, including a child, were shot dead in an office building in southern California.

On March 22, 10 people were killed in a shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.

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.

Nearly 40,000 people in the United States die each year from guns, more than half of those being suicides.

The issue of gun regulation in the United States is politically fraught.

President Joe Biden this month announced six executive measures he said would help stem the gun violence crisis.

'It's an international embarrassment,' Biden told Congress members and gun control activists at a White House ceremony.

'Enough prayers,' the Democrat said. 'Time for some action.'

The move was immediately attacked by Republicans, with the party's senior leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, warning of 'unconstitutional overreach.'

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