Police in Indianapolis said a gunman opened fire at a FedEx warehouse near the city’s international airport late Thursday, killing at least eight people and injuring several others before taking his own life.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Genae Cook told reporters during a press briefing early Friday that eight people with gunshot wounds were pronounced dead at the scene, not including the suspected gunman.
“Multiple other people” were injured, she said, but the exact number of casualties was not yet known.
At least seven injured people were transferred to local hospitals. Four were suffering from gunshot wounds, one of whom was in critical condition, Cook said, adding that two other people were treated at the scene and were released.
“We’ve had multiple other walk-ins to different local hospitals around this area,” she said.
No officers were injured during the incident.
“This is a tragedy,” Cook said.
FedEx said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the deaths of its employees.
“Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence,” the company said. “The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities.”
Sgt. John Perrine of the Indiana State Police tweeted that the I-70 highway had been briefly closed due to police activity in the area.
Cook said detectives were continuing to interview witnesses and that the cause of the shooting remains unknown.
“Emotions are very high here,” she said. “There are a lot of people, not just officers but family members, who are still arriving and still learning about this incident. This occurred after many went to bed and many are still waking up to this. We ask for your continued support for everyone here involved.”It is unknown if the suspect was a FedEx employee. SOVEREIGNPH