Four Sikhs among victims of Indianapolis mass shooting


Even then, Indianapolis police have not confirmed the identities of the victims so far. He said he did not know why Hole left the job or if he had ties to the workers in the facility. "Further traumatizing is the reality that many of these community members, like Sikhs we have worked with in the past, will eventually have to return to the place where their lives were nearly taken from them".

The Sikh Coalition, which announced "that at least four of those killed" were members of the Indianapolis Sikh community, said that it expected "that authorities will conduct a full investigation - including the possibility of bias as a factor".

There are between 8,000 and 10,000 Sikh Americans in IN, according to the coalition.

A statement by Indiana Metropolitan Police Department said the next of kin have been notified by the Marion County Coroner's Office.

FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said it would be premature to speculate on the motive of the gunman in Indianapolis, a 19-year-old former FedEx employee.

The attack was another blow to the Asian American community a month after six people of Asian descent were killed in a mass shooting in the Atlanta area and amid ongoing attacks against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Out of eight, four are Sikh community members", Gurinder Singh Khalsa said.

The shooting is the deadliest incident of violence collectively in the Sikh community in the USA since 2012, when a white supremacist burst into a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and shot 10 people, killing six.

Weisert had been working as a bag handler at FedEx for four years, his wife, Carol, told WISH-TV.

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"When officers arrived they found a very chaotic and active crime scene", Mr McCartt said, adding that they believe the gunman used a rifle during the attack.

But law student Komal Chohan, in a Twitter exchange with Reuters, said that her grandmother Amarjeet Kaur Johal was among the victims and that several other relatives who worked at the facility were "traumatised".

The Associated Press obtained a police report from the incident a year ago and say officers seized a pump-action shotgun from the man's home. He said police have not yet uncovered a motive for the shooting.

Varun Nikore, executive director of the AAPI Victory Alliance, a national advocacy group for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, said in a statement that the shootings marked "yet another senseless massacre that has become a daily occurrence in this country". Gun violence is an epidemic in America.

"This is a devastating day, and words are hard to describe the emotions we all feel", he wrote in an email to employees.

From 2006 to early 2020, 90 people died in 13 workplace shootings, according to the Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University Mass Killings database.

One person injured in the incident has been identified as Harpreet Gill, an American citizen of Indian heritage, from Amritsar's Jagdev Kalan, ANI reported. Several others were also wounded in the gunfire.

"For someone to act out in the manner in which the alleged murderer did lets us know that they were not able to connect with others in a meaningful way, and as a result of that they felt the only way that they could re-establish their self esteem was by exerting power and control", Bassman said.