Eight people were killed and seven were injured in Indianapolis late Thursday night after a gunman walked onto a FedEx ground facility property and started shooting, local authorities said early Friday morning.
Five of the seven injured were taken to the hospital, while another two were treated on-scene, according to The New York Times. One of the hospitalized individuals was in critical condition as of Friday morning but the individual is reportedly expected to survive. The facility is located near the Indianapolis airport.
“As officers arrived, they came in contact with an active shooter incident. Preliminary information at this time is that the shooter has taken his own life,” said police department spokesperson Genae Cook in a press conference early Friday, reports ABC News. “We don’t feel that there is an active threat to the community at this time.”
Craig McCartt, a deputy police chief, said the suspect began shooting when in the parking lot before walking into the facility, reports The Los Angeles Times. “There was no confrontation with anyone that was there,” said McCartt.
“There was no disturbance, there was no argument. He just appeared to randomly start shooting,” he added.
In a letter posted online, FedEx CEO Frederick Smith described the eight victims as employees of the company.
“I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and co-workers of those team members. Our priority right now is in responding to the situation on the ground and helping our team members and law enforcement,” said Smith.
“This is a devastating day, and words are hard to describe the emotions we all feel. Please keep the Indianapolis team and surrounding community in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to support and care for each other in the difficult days ahead,” he added.
Governor Eric Holcomb (R) called the incident heartbreaking and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff for the next four days.
“In times like this, words like justice and sorrow fall short in response for those senselessly taken. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, coworkers and all those affected by this terrible situation,” said Holcomb.
Both of Indiana’s U.S. Senators responded to the tragedy on Friday morning.
“The shooting at FedEx was a senseless tragedy. Indiana and the nation mourn for the lives lost and forever changed last night,” said Senator Todd Young (R).
Senator Mike Braun (R) said he and his wife learned about the shooting when they woke up. “Our hearts are mourning for the individuals who’ve senselessly lost their lives, all of their loved ones, and their co-workers at FedEx who will be dealing with this tragedy for a long time to come,” he said.
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