August 2, 2021

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8 dead, more injured in shooting at FedEx facility near the airport – IndyStar

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Corrections & Clarification: A previous version of this story misstated where the shooting took place. It occurred at the FedEx Ground facility.

Eight people were killed during a mass shooting at the FedEx Ground Plainfield Operations Center late Thursday, according to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Genae Cook.

The victims were found dead at the scene, Cook said during a briefing after 3 a.m. Friday. The dead  had injuries consistent with gunshot wounds. The gunman was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide nearby. 

“We are being made aware of multiple other people with injuries who have been transported to local hospitals or who have transported themselves to local hospitals,” she said. 

Four people were transported by ambulance, with one in critical condition with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds. Three others were transported with various other injuries, according to police. Two people were treated at the scene and released. Multiple others walked into different local hospitals.

“This is a tragedy,” Cook said.

Police established a family unification center at the Holiday Inn at 8555 Stansted Drive. Police are asking anyone who has family members who work at the FedEx Ground facility that cannot be reached to meet at the Holiday Inn. IMPD chaplains and others will be at the hotel to assist families. 

Family members await information about their loved ones who work at the FedEx facility at 8951 Mirabel Road in Indianapolis where a mass casualty shooting occurred about 11 p.m. April 15, 2021.

“Anyone that was here and who left the scene to seek treatment or just for safety, we ask that you contact 262-TIPS and give us your information and anything else you may know or contact our homicide office at 317-327-3475,” Cook said. 

The FedEx shooting

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to 8951 Mirabel Road on a report of shots fired just after 11 p.m. Thursday. 

When they arrived, they found an “active shooter incident,” Cook said. Police believe the alleged shooter has died by suicide. Cook said officials do not believe there is an active threat to the community. It is unknown if the shooter was a FedEx employee or what his motive was.

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No law enforcement officers were injured, she said. Police were still working to make identify the deceased and notify their families. 

“It is very heartbreaking …,” Cook said. “The officers responded. They came in. They went in, and they did their job. And a lot of them are trying to face this because this is a sight that no one should ever have to see.”

IMPD will work with the Indiana State Police to investigate the shooting and to interview people at the scene and at local hospitals. “This is going to be an investigation that goes on throughout the day,” Cook said. 

FedEx shooting:What we know about ‘mass casualty’ event

The shooting resulted in the brief closure of Interstate 70, which has since reopened with no access to Ameriplex Parkway. The Indianapolis International Airport can be accessed from both direction, police said.

FedEx released a statement after 1:30 a.m. Friday. 

“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport,” the company said. “Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected. We are working to gather more information and are cooperating with investigating authorities.”

Shortly before 3 p.m., Congressman André Carson, D-Indianapolis, issued a statement via Twitter. 

“I am heartbroken by the mass shooting at the FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and praying for all affected by this tragedy. 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,

This story will be updated. This story has been marked free for all to access as a public service. Please support local journalism with a subscription to IndyStar. 

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