"FedEx shooter never given a "red flag" hearing"

Eloise Marshall
April 20, 2021

"IMPD learned that Brandon Hole purchased the rifles legally in July and September of 2020".

Mark Bode, a spokesperson for Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, said Sunday his office also "continues to monitor closely the findings of the ongoing investigation, and what breakdowns in the red flag law processes may have come into play". Police noted that he bought the rifles a few months after officers confiscated a.410-gauge shotgun after he made suicidal threats. Police said the gun was never returned to him. They say it is not clear why Hole returned to his former place of employment and opened fire.

A body is taken from the scene where multiple people were shot at a FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis (AP)"In March 2020, the suspect's mother contacted law enforcement to report he might try to commit "suicide by cop".

The "red flag" legislation, passed in IN in 2005 and also in effect in other states, allows police or courts to seize guns from people who show warning signs of violence.

About 100 employees were present at the facility when the shooting occurred, police said.

"I think this case illustrates the limitations" of the law, Mears said. "I don't want anyone to see what's on it, '" it states, before adding that while securing the shotgun an officer saw "what through his training and experience indicated was white supremist websites".

Young questioned whether Indiana's red flag laws "were actually enforced" to prevent the shooting.

IN was one of the first states to enact a red flag law in 2005 after an Indianapolis police officer was killed by a gunman whose firearms were returned to him despite having been previously hospitalized for mental health issues.

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Paul Helmke, an Indiana University civics professor and former president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said Indiana's law could be strengthened with mandated court hearings or language prohibiting a person from acquiring additional firearms until a judge issues an order about that person's competency. If a judge were to rule that someone was unfit to own guns, the seizure would stand only for up to a year. "We need to make sure that guns don't end up in the wrong hands".

Indianapolis police recovered 191 guns previous year under the red flag law, police said Monday in a release that did not say how many people that involved or the types of weapons.

The alleged gunman who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis last week apparently browsed white supremacist websites a little over a year before the deadly shooting, police said.

Authorities have not yet announced a possible motive for the attack.

Four of the eight people killed were members of the area's Sikh community.

Hole's family said in a statement they are "so sorry for the pain and hurt" his actions caused.

About 90 per cent of the workers at the FedEx warehouse near the Indianapolis International Airport are members of the local Sikh community, police said.

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