Indianapolis shooting: Disbelief in Sikh community, ripples in India


WXIN-TV station quoted Parminder Singh, the uncle of one of the victims, as saying that his niece who worked at the facility near the airport phoned him shortly after the shooting and told him that she was shot while in her vehicle and was being taken to the hospital. "Pray for strength to their families in this hour of grief" he said. That gunman killed himself during a firefight with police.

Police said Brandon Scott Hole, 19, apparently began firing randomly at people in the parking lot of the FedEx facility, killing four, before entering the building, fatally shooting four more people and then turning the gun on himself.

"There was no confrontation with anyone that was there", he said. Her parents said Saturday in a statement that she was an outgoing "people person" - the youngest of four children who will be missed "immensely" by them and her dog, Jasper.

The Marion County Coroner's office identified the dead late Friday as Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74.

McCartt said "some other leads" led authorities to the location.

Television footage showed victims' families, friends and work colleagues, all with face masks on due to the pandemic and most holding their mobile phones, at a "family unification centre" set up by authorities in a nearby hotel.

Police Department via AP
Police Department via AP

"These kinds of violent attacks are a threat to all of us", said community member Maninder Singh Walia in a statement released by the Sikh Coalition. Mindy Carson said early Friday, fighting back tears.

Japan's Prime Minister, who is visiting the U.S. said at the White House before a meeting with Biden, "I would like to express my condolences to the victims, and my sympathies to the families".

Deputy Chief Craig McCartt of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police said at a news conference the investigation 'is still very much in its infancy, ' and there are still questions investigators are working to answer.

"Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence".

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

Mass shootings in the United States this year have so far increased by about 73%, compared to the same range of time last year, Insider's Haven Orecchio-Egresitz and Hannah Beckler previously reported.

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It is unclear how many people were shot in total.

A makeshift memorial sprung up and vigils were planned Saturday for the victims of the mass shooting that killed eight people, as law-enforcement officials continued to investigate the shooter's motives.

"Too many Americans are dying every single day from gun violence". "We can't afford to wait as innocent lives are taken".

At first Jeremiah Miller and Timothy Boillat thought the sound was from a vehicle, but after hearing more, Miller stood up and saw a man with a weapon, he told the station.

A witness who said he works at the facility told WISH-TV that he saw a man with a gun after hearing several gunshots. "Luckily, I was far enough away to where he (the shooter) didn't see me".

A man told WTTV that his niece was sitting in the driver's seat of her auto when the gunfire erupted, and she was wounded. He ordered that the national flag be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all federal buildings.

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"Preliminary information is that the alleged shooter has taken his own life here at the scene", she said.

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