AUTHORITIES have released the names of the eight victims who were fatally shot at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday night.
The gunman has been identified as Brandon Scott Hole, 19, who the FBI said on Friday had been interviewed by agents last year, when his mom expressed concerns and a shotgun was seized from the teenager’s home.
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In a post by police on Friday evening, the victims were named by Marion County Coroner’s Office (MCCC) as: Matthew R Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jasvinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Skhon, 48; Karlie Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74.
At least seven other people were injured during the rampage on Thursday night, which ended with the shooter turning the gun on himself.
On Friday, the FBI confirmed that it had interviewed Hole last year, after his mother called police to say that her son might commit “suicide by cop.”
The call was made in March 2020, and a shotgun was later seized from Hole’s residence, the FBI said in a statement.
The suspected shooter had purchased the shotgun just 24 hours before he was arrested, according to reports.
Hole was then interviewed in April, when it was deemed that no racially motivated violent extremism (RMVE) ideology had been identified during the assessment.
When he was released, Hole was reportedly deemed no further threat to the community.
According to police, a gunman identified as Hole opened fire at a FexEx facility in Indianapolis on Tuesday night, killing eight people before turning the gun on himself.
According to Indianapolis Deputy Chief Craig McCartt, Hole was a former FedEx employee, having last worked for the company in 2020.
McCartt said he did not know why Hole left the job, but family members told FOX59 he was fired.
Authorities said in a press conference on Friday that Hole was also arrested in 2013 – though it was not made clear for what reason.
McCartt said that investigators do not know the motive of the shooting, adding that the gunman carried out the shooting rampage with a rifle, which they do no know if he purchased legally.
Following the shooting, family and friends said they struggled to reach loved ones at the facility who were not able to have their phones on them at work.
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Throughout Friday morning, some expressed relief as they managed to contact loved ones, while others struggled to reach works, questioning FedEx’s policies.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the community must guard against resignation and “the assumption that this is simply how it must be and we might as well get used to it.”
President Joe Biden said he had been briefed on the shooting and called gun violence “an epidemic” in the U.S.
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Thursday’s attack was the third mass shooting in Indianapolis this year.
Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed in the city 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.
Elsewhere, eight people were fatally shot in massage businesses across Atlanta last month, and 10 people were shot in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.