Biden slams U.S. gun violence 'epidemic' after IN shooting

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2021

Reacting to the latest tragedy, US President Joe Biden ordered flags lowered to half staff and reiterated his call for Congress to pass tougher gun restrictions.

Four members of the Sikh community are among those who killed in the mass shooting at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday night by a gunman identified as 19-year old Caucasian youth Brandon Scott Hole. When police entered the plant the gunman "immediately took his own life", he said. Multiple others were treated at the scene or walked to nearby hospitals with various injuries.

Police have named Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of IN, as the alleged shooter who opened fire at a FedEx facility IN Indianapolis that left at least eight people dead and several more injured, according to reports.

"We're still trying to ascertain the exact reason and cause for this incident", Cook said. Many were changing shifts or were on their dinner break, he said.

WXIN-TV station quoted Parminder Singh, the uncle of one of the victims, as saying that his niece who worked at the facility near the airport phoned him shortly after the shooting and told him that she was shot while in her auto and was being taken to the hospital.

"She got shot on her left arm", said Parminder Singh.

Family members of workers reportedly gathered at a local hotel to await word on loved ones.

The FBI is assisting local police in their investigation into the motive behind the attack and officials said they are hopeful security video from the building will be able to assist them in that investigation.

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A witness said that he was working inside the building when he heard several gunshots in rapid succession.

"When you see notifications on your phone, but you're not getting a text back from your kid and you're not getting information and you still don't know where they are ... what are you supposed to do?" said Mindy Carson, holding back tears in the early hours of Friday. "I panicked and started reversing from the parking lot as fast as I could", she said.

Indianapolis - the capital of the Midwestern state of IN - alone has seen two mass shootings this year.

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.

The recent surge in U.S. mass shootings began on March 16 when a gunman shot eight people to death, including six Asian woman, at three Atlanta-area day spas before he was arrested. Less than a week later, a gunman killed 10 people inside a Colorado supermarket.

"He did not get very far into the facility at all, so I think that it probably only lasted one to two minutes, from what we're hearing", he said.

His sentiment was echoed by prominent United States federal politicians.

This is the worst Sikh massacre in the U.S. after the Oak Creek Gurdwara mass shooting in Wisconsin on August 5, 2012, where seven members of the community were killed.

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