A gunman opened fire outside and inside a FedEx Ground facility near Indianapolis’ main airport Thursday night, killing eight people, wounding several others and sending witnesses running before taking his own life, police said. Police were called to the facility at about 11 p.m. local time for what has become the country’s deadliest shooting since 10 people were killed March 22 at a grocery in Colorado.
The names of the victims or gunman were not immediately released. “The (gunman) came into the parking lot, and I believe he exited his vehicle and quickly began shooting. … The first shooting occurred in the parking lot, and then he went inside and did not get very far into the facility at all,” Indianapolis police Deputy Chief Craig McCartt told CNN early Friday. The incident marks at least the 45th mass shooting in the United States since the Atlanta-area spa shootings on March 16. CNN considers an incident to be a mass shooting if four or more people, excluding the gunman, are shot and wounded or killed. Police in Indianapolis arrived “to a very chaotic scene, with victims and witnesses running everywhere,” McCartt said.
McCartt said he believes the gunman killed himself as officers encountered him. No police officer fired, he said. The motive for the shooting was not immediately known, Indianapolis police spokeswoman Genae Cook said. Police have offered differing accounts of the wounded. McCartt said at least four survivors were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and a fifth was hospitalized with an injury believed to be caused by shrapnel. In a news release, police said five people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and two other people were treated at the scene and released. The gunman had at least one weapon — “a rifle of some sort” — and investigators were trying to determine whether he had more, McCartt said.