April 16 (UPI) — Indianapolis police said in an update Friday that they’re still trying to determine a motive for a shooting that killed eight people at a FedEx warehouse.
The assailant shot several people at the warehouse Thursday night and killed himself inside the building before police entered, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief Craig McCartt told reporters in a news conference Friday morning. He was armed with a rifle, he said.
During the update, police did not identify the shooter or the victims. McCartt said no family members had been notified by the time of the news conference.
Officials said four people died outside the FedEx Ground Plainfield Operations Center and all eight were pronounced dead at the scene. Five of the injured are in the hospital and another has an injury unrelated to the gunfire.
McCartt said the shooter randomly targeted people as soon as he got out of his vehicle in the parking lot, and there was no confrontation with anyone before the gunfire started.
“I think that [the attack] probably only lasted one to two minutes, from what we’re hearing,” he said.
McCartt added that it would be several hours before investigators finished work at the crime scene, which is located near the Indianapolis airport. Police also are searching the shooter’s home.
Paul Keenan, an FBI agent assisting in the investigation, told reporters that it would be premature to speculate on possible motives.
FedEx said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by shooting.
“Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence,” the company said in a statement emailed to UPI. “The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities.”
U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., said he’s “heartbroken” and praying for the victims.
“I am communicating with local authorities to get all details of the attack, and my office stands ready to help everyone affected any way we can,” he tweeted.
“This morning, Indianapolis residents are confronted with the horrific news of yet another mass shooting, an act of violence that senselessly claimed the lives of eight of our neighbors,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement Friday. “As law enforcement works to learn more about this tragedy, our prayers are with the families of those whose lives were cut short.
“Thank you to all of our city’s first responders for their tireless work overnight. Their quick response provided critical aid to those injured in the shooting and brought a measure of calm to an otherwise chaotic scene.”
Thursday night’s attack is the latest in a string of high-profile mass shootings in the United States in recent weeks. Eighteen people were killed in attacks in Atlanta and Boulder, Colo., last month and four were killed, including a 9-year-old child, in a shooting at a business complex in Southern California.
Earlier Thursday, police shot and killed a suspected gunman who injured at least two people when he opened fire at the San Antonio International Airport in Texas.
The rise in gun violence has prompted many Democratic lawmakers and President Joe Biden to pursue tighter gun control measures, including a revival of an assault weapons ban enacted by former President Bill Clinton, which was in effect between 1994 and 2004. Efforts to revive the ban by former President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers weren’t successful.