Police say the shooter and the eight victims he killed in the FedEx shootings in Indianapolis still have not been identified as desperate families waiting at a nearby hotel for news about their relatives, some 12 hours after the disaster. had taken place.
The rampage began just after 11 p.m. on Thursday at the FedEx operations center in Indianapolis, when the shooter immediately opened fire with a rifle after getting out of his car in the parking lot. He continued to shoot as he entered the facility before committing suicide when police arrived on the scene.
Four people were killed outside the building and another four inside. Several people were also injured, including five who were taken to hospital.
During a press conference on Friday morning, Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt revealed that the eight victims have still not been identified.
Overnight, harrowing images of family members gathered at a nearby hotel to wait for a message or to be reunited with loved ones.
Officers at the coroner’s office said they could not come to the scene to identify the victims as evidence is still being collected. They said in Indiana that a positive ID is confirmed by identification by a family member, teeth, DNA and fingerprints.
McCartt said they were also in the process of confirming the shooter’s identity, but they “have an idea” of who he might be. The FBI is in the process of searching a home that may be linked to the shooter, authorities said.
The rampage began just after 11 p.m. on Thursday at the FedEx operations center in Indianapolis, when the shooter immediately opened fire with a rifle after getting out of his car in the parking lot.
Police are working at the crime scene Friday morning after a gunman opened fire on a FedEx facility in Indianapolis at night in an attack that killed nine, including the gunman
Police and crime scene detectives continued processing the crime scene on Friday morning. Police are still working to identify the shooter and the victims. It is not yet clear whether the shooter was an employee of the facility and a motive for the attack is not yet known
McCartt did not want to speculate whether the shooter was an employee and declined to say whether witnesses recognized him.
Authorities were still trying to establish the shooter’s connection to the FedEx warehouse.
In describing the rampage, McCartt said the massacre only lasted a few minutes.
“It didn’t take long,” he said, adding that the police do not yet know the motive for the shooting.
“The suspect has come to the facility. He got out of his car and started a random shooting pretty quickly. There was no confrontation. He just started shooting randomly. He entered the facility for a short time, ”he said.
McCartt said he does not believe the shooter has passed through a security area where employees must identify themselves and go through metal detectors.
In the early hours of Friday morning, frantic relatives of warehouse workers rushed to the crime scene before being told to wait at a nearby hotel for news of the victims.
Many were still waiting on Friday to be reunited with family members by mid-morning.
“If you see notifications on your phone, but you don’t get a text message back from your child and you don’t get any information and you still don’t know where they are … what should you do?” Mindy Carson said, holding back tears in the early hours of Friday. Her daughter, Jessica, works at the facility and she still hadn’t heard from her.
Police said the ‘frustrating’ delay in reuniting family members was due to the fact that some employees are not allowed to carry their cell phones while on the warehouse floor.
That policy forced many employees to flee without being able to retrieve their phones, which are often locked elsewhere. FedEx is expected to re-evaluate this policy after the shooting.
Police said they do not believe the cell phone policy meant they were delayed in receiving the first 911 calls reporting the incident.
Family and friends await the message from their loved ones who were at the FedEx Ground facility during a shooting in Indianapolis Thursday evening April 15, 2021. Some said employees should not have their phones with them while working shifts. , making contacting them difficult, WTHR-TV reported
Pictured: People hug after learning their loved one is safe following a shooting in a FedEx building on Friday, April 16, 2021
Employees have since detailed their reports of the disaster, with a Levi Miller employee NBCs today that he heard more than a dozen shots before he saw the hooded shooter yelling and firing.
“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 his colleagues had said he was a “known employee at this facility.” He said it was possible the shooter was trying to attack the manager.
Other eyewitness accounts also confirmed that the shooter was armed with a rifle.
An eyewitness reported seeing a “ man with a submachine gun or automatic rifle ” firing in the open before people began to flee.
Two more eyewitnesses reported seeing a man pulling a gun from the trunk of his car.