Death by suicide and shooting is very common in US. Nearly 40,000 people die every year because of this. And again at least eight people were killed in a late-night shooting at FedEx unit in the US city of Indianapolis by a gunman who is believed to have then killed himself, after killing all others, police said. Multiple others were injured on Thursday night when the gunfire erupted at the facility near Indianapolis International Airport.
Shooting at FedEx unit
The victims all died at a FedEx facility where the shooting took place late Thursday, police spokeswoman Genae Cook told a news conference.
He added that several other injured people had been taken to hospital.
Four people with gunshot wounds were transported by ambulance, including one in critical condition, and the other three were transported with other injuries, while two were treated at the scene and then released.
One man who was working a twilight shift at the plant near the city’s international airport told that he saw the gunman start shooting and heard more than 10 shots.
Role of police in the shooting at FedEx unit
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a reported shooting Thursday, according to department spokesperson Genae Cook. When they arrived, they found an “active shooter incident,” Cook told reporters during a news conference early Friday.
“This is a tragedy, but we will come through it with flying colors,” Cook said with tears in his eyes.
“The officers responded, they came in, they went in and they did their job. A lot of them are trying to face this because this is a sight that no one should ever have to see,” he said.
Authorities judged there was no longer an immediate threat to public safety, Cook told reporters, and police were still gathering information to identify the victims.
“We have located eight people at the scene with injuries consistent to gunshot wounds. Those eight were pronounced deceased at the scene,” Cook said.
Cook told reporters that officers were called to an “active shooter incident” at around 11pm (0300 GMT), he added that they believed the gunman, who has not been identified probably died by suicide.
A FedEx spokeswoman confirmed that the company’s facility was the scene of the shooting, and said the firm was cooperating with authorities.
“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our ground facility near the Indianapolis airport,” the company said in a statement.
“Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected.”
The plant is reported to employ more than 4,000 people.
Timothy Boillat, another employee, also told that he saw around 30 police cars arriving at the scene as he witnessed the shooting unfold.
“After hearing the shootings, I did see a body on the floor,” he said.
“Luckily, I was far enough away to where he (the shooter) didn’t see me.”
President Joe Biden this month has also announced six executive measures he said would help stem the gun violence crisis.
“It’s an international embarrassment,” Biden told Congress members and gun control activists at a White House ceremony.
“Enough prayers”, the Democrat said. “Time for some action”.
The shooting in Indianapolis comes after a pair of shootings last week – one in South Carolina that left six people dead, including the gunman, former NFL player Phillip Adams – and another at a cabinet-making facility in Texas.