Brandon Scott Hole, 19, took his own life after shooting several people at a FedEx facility on 8951 Mirabel Road near the Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States just after 11:00 p.m. on April 15, 2021. He was a former employee of the facility.
Eight victims were fatally shot and seven injured victims were taken to nearby hospitals. Their names have yet to be released.
FedEx employees Jeremiah Miller and Timothy Boillat were both inside the building when they heard around 10 gunshots. The two told other employees not to come to work for the next shift around 1 hour after the shooting.
“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,” Miller told WISH-TV. “I immediately ducked down and got scared and my friend’s mother, she came in and told us to get inside the car.”
Boillat said he saw a body on the floor behind a vehicle after hearing the shooting. He felt fortunate that the gunman did not see him.
“Luckily, I was far enough away where he didn’t notice me or see me,” Boillat said of the gunman. “So, thank God for that.”
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials believe that Hole is the lone shooter. In the end, he fatally shot himself, according to authorities.
This marks the fourth mass shooting in Indianapolis in 2021, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The first three happened on March 15, 2021 on North Harding Street, on February 13, 2021 on North Sherman Drive and on January 24, 2021 on Adams Street.
“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport,” Indy Star quoted FedEx as saying. “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.”
(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)
FedEx is one of the top contractors of the U.S. government. Its name is from the company’s original air division Federal Express, which was used from 1973 until 2000.
Yale University graduate Frederick W. Smith founded the company as Federal Express Corporation in 1971 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. It is currently headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.