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Timeline of what happened: Indianapolis mass shooting at FedEx facility

A mass shooting at a FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis International Airport Thursday night left eight people dead and five others shot.

INDIANAPOLIS — Thursday night, a mass shooting at a FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis International Airport left eight people dead and five others shot.

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Here's a break down of what we know so far:

8:25 p.m. - FedEx says to expect delays 

FedEx sent an email to their customers on Friday that said the company is cooperating with authorities and that customers should expect service delays and disruptions in the Indianapolis area.  

"Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our team members. While we always strive to provide the highest possible level of service to our customers, some service delays and disruptions can be anticipated for inbound and outbound shipments in the Indianapolis area," the email said.  

Customers can check fedex.com for service updates. For specific shipment status information, customers can track their shipment at fedex.com.  

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8:24 p.m. - IMPD identified the victims as: 

  • 32-year-old Matthew R Alexander
  • 19-year-old Samaria Blackwell
  • 66-year-old Amarjeet Johal
  • 50-year-old Jasvinder Kaur
  • 68-year-old Jaswinder Singh
  • 48-year-old Amarjit Sekhon
  • 19-year-old Karli Smith
  • 74-year-old John Weisert

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7:55 p.m. - IMPD lists key points of its response to the mass shooting.

  • Just after 11 p.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department received a call for service to 8951 Mirabel Road, FedEx Ground-Plainfield Operation, for shots being fired outside of the building. 
  • As they were responding, officers received information of a male walking through the parking lot shooting a rifle. 
  • Responding officers received additional information that a man shooting a weapon entered the building, and multiple people were shot at the location.
  • Officers arrived and began securing the scene by searching the business interior and exterior for the suspect and for anyone in need of medical services.
  • Officers administered first-aid and life-saving techniques until Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) arrived on the scene.
  • IEMS transported four victims with injuries consistent with gunshot wound(s) to various hospitals in the Indianapolis area. Two other victims received minor injuries and were treated by IEMS at the scene and released.
  • A fifth victim with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds sought medical attention in another county.
  • Officers located a male with injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the building. Preliminary information gathered from statements and evidence led detectives to believe the male is the suspect in the shooting at this location. This individual has since been identified as 19-year-old Brandon Hole. FedEx officials have confirmed that Hole was a former employee at the facility. He was last employed in 2020.
  • There were at least 100 people in the facility at the time of the incident. Many were changing shifts and on their dinner breaks.   
  • Detectives have served search warrants at multiple locations and are continuing to gather evidence to determine the facts that led up to Thursday night’s incident at FedEx Ground-Plainfield Operations.

7:23: p.m. - IMPD released a photo of suspect Brandon Scott Hole.

7:02 p.m. - Chrystal Ratcliffe, president of the Greater Indianapolis Branch of the NAACP, issued the following statement on the mass shooting Thursday at the FedEx Ground facility on the southwest side of Indianapolis: 

"The Greater Indianapolis NAACP shares in the Indianapolis community's grief over the senseless massacre at the FedEx facility. We send our prayers to the victims' families. Our hearts grieve with them on this day, as we mourn the third mass shooting in Indianapolis this year. As supporters of the 2nd Amendment, we also feel that the time is long overdue to have a conversation about sensible gun regulations and mental health. Until then, we will continue to work and pray for the day when human lives matter more than guns."

5:34 p.m. - Four of the victims, three women and one man, are members of the Sikh community, according to Maninder Walia, an activist for the Indianapolis Sikh community. At this point, law enforcement said it does not appear they were specifically targeted.

4:45 p.m. - Paul Keenan, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis field office, issued a statement about the bureau's interaction with Hole in 2020:

“In March 2020, the suspect’s mother contacted law enforcement to report he might try to commit “suicide by cop”. The suspect was placed on an immediate detention mental health temporary hold by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. A shotgun was seized at his residence. Based on items observed in the suspect’s bedroom at that time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020. No Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the course of the assessment and no criminal violation was found. The shotgun was not returned to the suspect.”  

4:05 p.m. - Police confirmed Brandon Scott Hole, 19, is the suspected shooter. They confirmed he was a former employee at the FedEx facility, having last worked there in 2020. 

Police also confirmed they seized a gun from Hole during a call in March of 2020 to his home, where Hole was said to have been having suicidal thoughts.

3:02 p.m. - President Biden gave an update on Twitter, saying he and Vice President Kamala Harris have been briefed on the shooting. He once again urged legislation to curb gun violence.

2:25 p.m. - Some family members are still waiting to learn if their loved ones are safe.

2:15 p.m. - The suspect in the shooting was identified as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole.

12:45 p.m. - Marion County Coroner Alfie McGinty was on the scene and bodies were removed from the area around 1 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - Mayor Joe Hogsett, IMPD and the FBI are providing an update on the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. 

In the press conference, officials confirmed investigators believe the weapon used was a rifle. 

The identities of all victims and the suspect have not been released.

A motive in this incident has not been identified. The preliminary investigation is ongoing and is expected to continue through at least the next 24 to 48 hours. 

10 a.m. - FedEx's CEO released a new statement on the mass shooting in Indianapolis: 

"It is with a heavy heart that I write to you regarding the tragedy that occurred at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis last night. While it will take some time to fully understand what happened, we know we lost eight team members in this senseless act of violence.

First and foremost, I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and co-workers of those team members. Our priority right now is in responding to the situation on the ground and helping our team members and law enforcement. We have a team onsite in Indianapolis to provide support, and we are making counselors available.

This is a devastating day, and words are hard to describe the emotions we all feel. Please keep the Indianapolis team and surrounding community in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to support and care for each other in the difficult days ahead."

9:22 a.m. - 13News crews on the scene could see investigators examining a vehicle that appeared to have been shot out in the parking. 

9:10 a.m. - 13News has exclusive video as federal agents searched the Indianapolis home of the suspect in the FedEx facility mass shooting.

The home is located in a neighborhood on the far east side of Indianapolis near 10th Street and I-465.

13News could see federal agents and police removing evidence from the home. Law enforcement sources confirm to 13 Investigates that they had served a search warrant at the house in connection with the shooting that took place Thursday night at the FedEx facility. 

13News video shows investigators carrying out a large box and computer equipment to an ATF van.

9 a.m. - Governor Eric Holcomb released the following statement regarding last night's mass shooting:

"This is another heartbreaking day and I’m shaken by the mass shooting at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Indiana State Police are working with local responders and we will continue to offer any and all resources needed to assist during this tragedy. In times like this, words like justice and sorrow fall short in response for those senselessly taken. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, coworkers and all those affected by this terrible situation.

"Today, I will order that flags be lower to half-staff from now until sunset on Tuesday, April 20 in remembrance of those we've lost."

8:55 a.m. - 13News has learned that the White House is in contact with the mayor's office and President Biden will be briefed on the mass shooting. 

7:47 a.m. - Senator Mike Braun and Senator Todd Young released statements after learning of the mass shooting. 

7:36 a.m. - People are slowly started to get word about their family members. Some rejoicing and embracing loved ones. 

7:15 a.m. - 13News learned the FBI is now assisting in the investigation. 

6:39 a.m. - Mayor Joe Hogsett released a statement regarding the news of the mass shooting. 

"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. 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."

4:37 a.m. - Families console each other at the Holiday Inn as they continue to wait for any news about their loved ones. 

3:06 a.m. - Police confirm to 13News that 8 people were shot and killed, the shooter took his own life and several people who were wounded were taken to the hospital.

2:30 a.m. - FedEx releases a statement following news of the mass shooting. 

1:43 a.m. - Family members of FedEx workers arrive at a nearby Holiday Inn at 8555 Stansted Rd. IMPD asked family members who were working at the facility and have not been able to contact them, report to that location. 

1:32 a.m. - Police said the shooter at the FedEx building took his own life. 

1 a.m. - A witness told 13News he was outside the building and ducked to hide when he saw the suspect at the door of the FedEx facility with what he described as a rifle, yelling and firing shots. The witness was able to escape and warn others in the parking lot. 

Friday 12:22 a.m. - IMPD said they found "multiple victims" at a shooting scene at the FedEx facility near the airport. I-70 shut down in both directions in the area. 

Thursday 11 p.m. - IMPD responds to reports of an active shooter incident at the FedEx Ground facility at 8951 Mirabel Rd. just south of I-70 near Ameriplex Parkway and across the interstate from the Indianapolis International Airport.

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