August 2, 2021

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Indianapolis Shooting: Multiple Victims at FedEx Warehouse, Police Say – The New York Times

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INDIANAPOLIS — The police in Indianapolis said there had been a shooting at a FedEx warehouse in the city late Thursday, with multiple victims. It was unclear whether any of them had died.

Officer Genae Cook of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told reporters early Friday morning that there were “multiple people with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds” as a result of the shooting. She said there was no active threat to the community because the assailant was believed to have taken his own life.

The FedEx warehouse where the shooting occurred is on the city’s southwest side, near the airport. The highway exit was blocked off by law enforcement vehicles.

“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport,” FedEx said in a statement early Friday. “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.”

Officer Cook told reporters that the police had arrived at the scene just after 11 p.m., responding to a report that shots had been fired. They encountered an “active shooter incident,” she said.

Traffic on a nearby portion of Interstate 70 was briefly closed, Sgt. John Perrine of the Indiana State Police wrote on Twitter.

The FedEx hub at the airport employs more than 4,500 people and is the second-largest hub in the company’s global network, a representative told the IndyStar in March.

A reporter with WRTV, an Indianapolis station, posted an interview on Twitter with a man who said he had been at the facility when the shooting broke out and later saw a body on the floor.

WISH, another local station, quoted an employee at the warehouse, Jeremiah Miller, as saying that he had heard up to 10 shots after finishing his shift.

“This made me stand up and actually look out the entrance door, and I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open,” Mr. Miller told the station. “I immediately ducked down and got scared and my friend’s mother, she came in and told us to get inside the car.”

Courtney Crown, a reporter with a Fox News affiliate in Indianapolis, posted another interview with a man who said his niece had been hospitalized after being shot in the left arm when the shooting broke out.

The man, Parminder Singh, said that his niece had been sitting in a car in a nearby parking lot.

This is a breaking story. It will be updated.

Sarah Bahr reported from Indianapolis and Mike Ives from Hong Kong.

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