The facility is located close to the Indianapolis International airport
A gunman shot eight people dead and injured several others at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis before taking his own life, police said early on Friday.
The incident occurred at a FedEx operations center near the Indianapolis International airport, after 11pm local time on Thursday night.
Indianapolis police spokeswoman Genae Cook said the authorities had responded to a report that shots had been fired and “arrived to an active shooter incident.” “Preliminary information is that the alleged shooter has taken his own life here at the scene,” she said, adding that there was no longer any threat to the community.
Two more were treated at the facility itself by medical staff and released, while “multiple” others had walked in to hospitals nearby, she added.
“It is very heartbreaking and, you know, in the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, the officers responded, they came in, they went in, and they did their job,” Cook said.
“And a lot of them are trying to face this because this is a site that no one should ever have to see.” Television footage showed victims’ families, friends and workmates, all with face masks on due to the pandemic and most holding their mobile phones, at a “family unification centre” set up by authorities in a nearby hotel.
A FedEx spokesman said the company was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the loss of its team members. He did not clarify if all those killed were FedEx employees.
U.S. Congressman André Carson, a representative for Indiana, wrote on Twitter: “I am heartbroken by the mass shooting at the FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and praying for all affected by this tragedy.