Authorities have released a photo of the gunman who shot and killed eight people in a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday (April 15). Brandon Scott Hole, a 19-year-old who previously worked at FedEx, was identified as the shooter. After he opened fire, he took his own life. “We’ve recently identified him, so now, the work really begins, trying to establish and see if we can figure out some sort of motive in this, but we don’t have that right now,” said Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said Friday afternoon (April 16).
Hole had reportedly been on the FBI’s radar since last year after his mother contacted them saying that he might attempt “suicide by cop.”
According to Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan, Hole was placed in a mental health temporary hold by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. A shotgun was also taken from his home.
“Based on items observed in the suspect’s bedroom at that time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020,” the FBI’s Indianapolis office said in a statement. “No Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the course of the assessment and no criminal violation was found. The shotgun was not returned to the suspect.”
Investigators are now working to determine a motive for the shooting. The names of the eight victims have not been released to the public, but the coroner’s office has notified their next-of-kin.
After news of the shooting surfaced, FedEx released a statement saying they were “deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities.”