• April 19, 2024

Indianapolis FedEx Shooting Suspect Obtained Guns Legally, Police Say : NPR

Pastor Denell Howard leads a prayer for the victims of Thursday’s shooting at a FedEx facility at a vigil at the Olivet Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis on Saturday. Michael Conroy / AP Hide caption

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Pastor Denell Howard leads a prayer for the victims of Thursday’s shooting at a FedEx facility at a vigil at the Olivet Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis on Saturday.

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The man, whom police claim carried out mass shootings that killed eight people and injured several others at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, reportedly used two assault rifles in the attack, both of which were legally purchased.

A trace from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revealed that the guns owned by Brandon Hole, 19, in Thursday attack were legally purchased in July and September 2020, said the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

UPDATE – Suspect Brandon Hole was seen using assault rifles during the incident on Thursday. ATF carried out a trail on the two weapons. IMPD learned that Brandon Hole had legally purchased the rifles in July and September 2020.

– IMPD (@IMPDnews) April 18, 2021

On Saturday, Hole’s family apologized to the victims, claiming the family had tried to “provide the perpetrator with the help he needed”.

“We are devastated by the loss of life caused by Brandon’s actions. Through the love of his family, we have tried to get him the help he needed,” the family said in a statement The Indianapolis Star. “Our most sincere and heartfelt apologies to the victims of this pointless tragedy. We apologize for the pain and pain felt by their families and the entire Indianapolis community.”

Paul Keenan, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis branch,
said Friday that the FBI interviewed Hole in April 2020 after his mother warned he could “commit suicide by police officers”.

Hole was taken to a mental health detention center and his shotgun was confiscated. Agents found no evidence of a crime or racially motivated ideology at the time, Keenan said.

The victims of the attack were identified as Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karlie Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74.

The Indianapolis Sikh community mourns 4 of its members who were killed in the shooting

Are among the dead four members of the Sikh community in Indiana – home to an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 Sikh Americans.

Along with the Mayor of Indianapolis, members of the Sikh community and other townspeople gathered for a vigil on Saturday calling for weapons reform. Aasees Kaur from the Sikh coalition was among the speakers.

“Terrible events like the shooting on Thursday call us to action,” said Kaur. “We must not only support each other in grief, we must also urge our policymakers and elected officials to make meaningful changes.”

Police officers said Hole was previously employed at the FedEx facility where the attack took place. Officials have not yet reported a motive.

In one statement On Friday, President Biden called US gun violence “an epidemic” and said the country “can and must do more to act and save lives”.

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