According to information from the FBI on April 16, the gunman shot and killed 8 people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, the United States with a history of mental illness and was detained by law enforcement. last year.
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A FedEx spokesperson and police identified the shooter as 19-year-old Brandon Hole, a former employee at the facility.
Craig McCartt, deputy director of the Indianapolis police department, said during a press conference on Friday that the suspect was believed to have last worked at the plant in the fall of 2020.
The shooting took place around 11pm on April 15 (US time) and only lasted a few minutes. It was over by the time the police arrived at the scene.
Witnesses described the gunman fired a rifle in the parking lot before entering the FedEx facility and resumed firing.
Shooting killed at least 8 victims, injured 4 others, including one critical case. The suspect committed suicide.
Law enforcement officials said they did not immediately determine whether racial or ethnic hatred was the reason behind the shooting.
This latest incident is one of at least 7 fatal mass shootings in the United States in the past month.
The FBI said the suspect was under temporary mental health detention by Indianapolis police in March 2020 after his mother contacted law enforcement announcing he was attempting to commit suicide. .
Police later seized a handgun at the suspect’s whereabouts. In April 2020, he was questioned by the FBI, Indianapolis FBI Agent Paul Keenan said.
“No extreme ideology or racial motives were identified during that assessment and no criminal offenses were discovered, but the pistol was not returned to the suspect,” Mr. Keenan added.
Indianapolis – the capital of Indiana’s Midwestern state – has seen two mass shootings this year. In January, police said a teenager shot and killed four family members and a pregnant woman.
The massacre once again pushed the issue of gun violence on American politics.
In response to the latest tragedy, Mr. Joe Biden ordered the lowering of the flag and reiterated his call for Congress to pass stronger gun restrictions.
He said: “Too many Americans are dying every day from gun violence. “It stains our character and pierces the very soul of our people.”
Earlier this month, Mr. Biden announced restrictive measures to address gun violence. However, the stricter measures are now opposed by Republican lawmakers in Congress, saying it is in violation of the Second Amendment.