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Police Respond To 'Mass Casualty Incident' At Indianapolis FedEx Facility

Police spokeswoman Genae Cook told reporters officers found an ‘active shooter incident’ at a Fedex facility near the city's international airport and believe the gunman died by suicide. — Reuters pic Indianapolis: Multiple people shot at FedEx site, gunman dead
Noah Ferguson | 16 April, 2021, 22:35

Eight people were killed and multiple people injured late Thursday after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, according to police.

Several people have been shot in an incident in Indianapolis, police say. Mindy Carson said early Friday, fighting back tears. Cook said officials do not believe there is an active threat to the community.

Biden, who has faced pressure to call more forcefully for gun control measures, said in his Friday statement that it's up to Congress act next, including on some gun control legislation that has already been passed by the House.

She added that President Joe Biden will deliver remarks about the shooting later on Friday.

This event is the latest in a recent string of mass shootings across the U.S.

Earlier, Officer Cook had asked people who were unable to contact family members who worked at FedEx to gather at a Holiday Inn Express about a mile from the warehouse, adding that representatives of the chaplain's office of the police department would be there to assist them.

Some said employees were not allowed to have their phones with them while working shifts at the facility, making it hard to contact them.

A witness who said he works at the facility told WISH-TV that he saw a man with a gun after hearing several gunshots.

At least 30 people have been killed in US mass shootings in the last month alone, reigniting a fiery debate over gun control and the USA constitutional right to bear arms as the country struggles to emerge from a lingering coronavirus pandemic.

Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed in January, and a man was accused of killing three adults and a child before abducting his daughter during at argument at a home in March.

US President Joe Biden recently announced six new measures he said would help curb gun violence, a phenomenon he described as "an worldwide embarrassment".

"As we pray for the families of all affected, we must work urgently to enact commonsense gun violence prevention laws to save lives & prevent this suffering", the Democratic leader said in a tweet.

Interstate-70 near the airport was temporarily closed Thursday night in both directions as police responded to the scene of the shooting.

"Somebody went behind their auto to the trunk and then got another gun", he said, adding: "Then I saw one body on the floor".

Another witness told WTTV that his niece was sitting in her vehicle in the driver's seat when the gunfire erupted, and she was wounded.

"She got shot on her left arm", said Parminder Singh.

In his statement, the president ordered US flags flown at half-staff as he did in the wake of the shootings in Atlanta and Boulder. "She's fine, she's in the hospital now".

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