The family of the gunman who murdered eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday evening apologizes as more is learned about the victims.
Ex-employee Brandon Scott Hole, 19, has been identified by police as the gunman who opened fire in the facility’s parking lot and building.
Seven others were injured while more than 100 people worked indoors, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.
His family alleges they tried to get Hole help ahead of Thursday’s tragic shooting, for which no motive has yet been given.
“We are devastated about the loss of life as a result of Brandon’s actions; through the love of his family we tried to give him the help he needed, ” the family said in a statement to the Indianapolis Star on Saturday.
“Our sincere and most sincere apologies go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy,” the statement continues. “We are so sorry for the pain and pain their families and the entire Indianapolis community are feeling.”
Pictured: A body taken from the scene of the shooting at a FedEx facility on Thursday on Friday
Just over a year ago, Hole’s mother reported her son to authorities, worried he would try to perish in a “cop suicide.”
In March 2020, Hole was temporarily placed under a mental health facility. In addition, a shotgun was taken from his house.
According to WTHR, the FBI claimed they interviewed Hole in April.
“ Based on items seen in the suspect’s bedroom at the time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020, ” said Paul Keenan, the FBI’s chief officer.
During the review, no racially motivated violent extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified and no criminal offense was identified. The gun was not returned to the suspect. ‘
Still, police revealed on Saturday night that Hole was able to purchase two assault rifles used in the July and September 2020 incident, and both purchases were made after the March waiting period.
Hole died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the shooting at the FedEx facility on Thursday night.
As of Thursday evening, all eight deceased victims have been identified.
Amarjit Sekhon, 48, mother of two boys, 22 and 16, and a member of the Sikh community
Jasvinder Kaur, 50, moved to the US in 2018 and had two children, a daughter and a son
Pictured: Jaswinder Singh, 68, and Samaria Blackwell, 19, one of the youngest victims
Amarjit Sekhon, 48, was a mother of two boys, 22 and 16, and a member of the Sikh community.
She only started working at the FedEx facility in November.
Jasvinder Kaur, 50, moved to the United States in 2018 and also had two children, a daughter and a son.
According to the Indianapolis Star, she sent money from her job to India, where her son was still located.
Jaswinder Singh turned 68 years old.
Samaria Blackwell, 19, was one of the youngest victims of the eight. She only started at the FedEx facility two months ago and had the ambition to become a police officer.
John Weisert, 74, was the oldest victim in the Thursday night shooting
Pictured: Karli Smith, 19, who was in contact with her family before the shooting, and Matthew R. Alexander, 32, who was a former student at Butler University
Amarjeet Kaur Johal, 66, was a member of the Sikh community as well as a grandmother
John Weisert, 74, was the oldest victim in Thursday night’s massacre. He had worked at the FedEx facility for about four years.
He was working as a part-time parcel handler when he was murdered after his shift ended.
My father’s life was meaningless and needlessly cut short by a sick, depraved person who wanted to take revenge on a former employer. I don’t understand and never will understand the reason for this kind of random violence, ‘Mike Weisert wrote of his father on Facebook.
‘He was a GOOD man. He was a great father. He was a wonderfully devoted and loyal husband of nearly 50 years to my mother. And he was a man who worked very hard all his life to provide the best possible home for his family. ‘
19-year-old Karli Smith contacted her family at 10:59 PM according to a Facebook post, but did not survive the shooting.
Matthew R. Alexander, 32, was a former student at Butler University, according to the school.
Amarjeet Kaur Johal, 66, was also a member of the Sikh community as well as a grandmother.
She initially chose to work in a double shift on Thursday before changing her mind. She had a check in her hand when she was found, according to her grandson’s Twitter account.
“I am heartbroken to confirm that my nanjii (maternal grandmother), Amarjeet Kaur Johal, is one of the dead in the senseless shooting at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis,” her grandson tweeted.
“We are still working to identify others who were injured and killed on Thursday night,” he continued. ‘I have several family members who work in the institution concerned and are traumatized. My nani, my family, and our families should not feel unsafe at work, in their place of worship, or anywhere. Enough is enough – our community has been through enough trauma. ‘
The mourners gathered on Saturday during a vigil for the victims at the Olivet Missionary Baptist Church
One woman responds during the Saturday afternoon vigil, with another scheduled for later
The vigil was emotional for many, with at least one family member of the victim present
Saturday vigils were held for the victims of the shooting.
One was held Saturday afternoon at the Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, according to the Indianapolis Star
“I wanted to show solidarity in our community because we are tired,” said DeAndra Dycus.
‘Enough is enough. And I wanted families affected by gun violence to know that their community is here to support them. ‘
“She was the most lovable in the family, most diligent, devoted,” a relative told CNN of one of the victims.
“Today we should have had a big party, but now we mourn, we are sad.”
Another woman said, “We lost two family members in one day. It’s totally devastating to us. We never expected something like this to happen.
‘We read about gun violence every day. It is no longer acceptable. Something must be done about it. Our government, everyone, we have to do something about that. ‘
About 50 people attended the vigil, with another scheduled for Saturday night.
FedEx has confirmed that Hole was a former employee who last worked for them in 2020. Hole’s family said Fox59 that he had been fired earlier, but it was not immediately clear when.
Hole’s stepsister, who did not want to be identified, described him as “isolated” and said their father died of suicide in 2004, she said. NewsNation connected WXIN-TV.
“We have many mental illnesses in our family and he never got the help he needed,” she said.
Families had to wait for the victims to be identified during Friday.
“Chaplains and victim support units have remained in the family reunification center to support survivors and families throughout the night to this day,” police said in a press release Friday.
Pictured: The scene outside the FedEx facility where the shooting took place Thursday
Pictured: A woman talking to law enforcement outside the FedEx facility on Thursday
Employees detailed their accounts from the rampage, with one employee. Levi Miller, narrating NBCs today that he heard more than a dozen shots before he saw the hooded shooter yelling and firing.
Brandon Scott Hole, who has been identified as the shooter in Thursday’s mass shooting
“I get up, I see a man, a hooded figure,” he said. ‘I couldn’t see his face in detail. However, the man did have an AR in his hand and he started screaming and then shooting in random directions. ‘
Miller said he did not recognize the shooter, but colleagues had said he was a “ known employee at this facility. ” He said it was possible the shooter was trying to attack the manager.
President Joe Biden was among those who weighed in on the aftermath of the shooting.
While we await critical details about the shooting, its motivation, and other important information, I once again have a solemn duty to lower the flag at half-staff in the White House, public buildings and grounds, and military posts and embassies. , just two weeks after I gave the last order, ”he said in a statement.
Last night and early in the morning in Indianapolis, families once again had to wait for the news of the fate of their loved ones. What a cruel wait and a fate that has become too normal and happens every day somewhere in our country, ”Biden said.
Gun violence is an epidemic in America. But we must not accept it. We have to act. ‘