Indianapolis, IN – At least eight people were murdered during an “active shooter” situation at the FedEx Ground-Plainfield Operations Center near the Indianapolis International Airport on Thursday night.
The attack occurred shortly after 11 p.m. on April 15 at 8951 Mirabel Road, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Public Information Officer Genae Cook told reporters, according to The Indianapolis Star.
The IMPD received a report of “shots fired” at that location and arrived to find “an active shooter incident,” Officer Cook said.
“The officers came in and without second thought, they went in to try to help people,” she told reporters.
Investigators said the shooter had killed eight people inside and outside the FedEx facility.
All had injuries consistent with gunshot wounds, and all were pronounced dead at the scene, Officer Cook confirmed.
IMPD Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said the gunman “came into the parking lot” and “quickly began shooting” shortly after he got out of his vehicle, CNN reported.
“The first shooting occurred in the parking lot, and then he went inside and did not get very far (inside),” Chief McCartt said.
Police found “a very chaotic scene, with victims and witnesses running everywhere” when they arrived, according to the deputy chief.
Multiple other victims were injured during the attack and have either been transported to various local hospitals or took themselves to hospitals, Officer Cook said during the press conference.
“We know for sure that we had four people transported by ambulance, one in critical condition… with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds,” Officer Cook confirmed. “We had three others that were transported with various other injuries, and then we had two other people that were here at the scene, treated by medical staff, and then released.”
Officer Cook said there have also been “multiple walk-in” victims at various hospitals.
The gunman has been pronounced dead.
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“Preliminary information at this time is that the alleged shooter has taken his own life here at the scene,” Officer Cook told reporters.
Chief McCartt said no officers fired their weapons during the incident, and that he believes the gunman killed himself while police were closing in on him, CNN reported.
No law enforcement officers were injured, Officer Cook said.
The identities of the victims have not been released as police are still making next-of-kin notifications.
IMPD and the Indiana State Police (ISP) are handling the ongoing investigation into the mass shooting.
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A family unification center has been set up at a Holiday Inn Express, where IMPD Victims Assistance units and department chaplains are also present, Officer Cook said.
Family members have also been showing up at the scene of the “heartbreaking” attack, she told reporters.
“This occurred after many had went to bed, and some are just now waking up to this,” Officer Cook said.
“People here at the scene are still being interviewed by detectives, so they might not have an opportunity to contact their family but as soon as they are available to, they will,” she added.
Police are still working to identify people involved in the incident and are also asking for those who fled the scene to seek medical attention or safety to contact the IMPD.
“We ask for your continued support for everyone here involved,” Officer Cook said. “We understand that there are a lot of moving parts, and we ask for your patience as we gather the most accurate information.”
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The motive for the attack is not yet known.
“That’s something that we’re still trying to figure out – exactly why, how, what went on, and this is going to be an investigation that goes on throughout the day,” Officer Cook said.
FedEx released a statement about the attack shortly after 4 a.m. on Friday, The Indianapolis Star reported.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis,” the company said. “Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities.”
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