INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis was interviewed by FBI agents last year, after his mother called police to say that her son might commit “suicide by cop,” the bureau said Friday.
Coroners began the slow process of identifying the victims as family members spent hours agonizing over word of their loved ones. The slayings Thursday night marked the latest in a string of recent mass shootings to rock the U.S.
The shooter was identified as Brandon Scott Hole of Indianapolis, Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt told a news conference. Investigators searched a home in Indianapolis associated with Hole and seized evidence, including desktop computers and other electronic media, McCartt said.
The home is located in a neighborhood of midcentury houses near Interstate 465. Several people who live there declined to speak to an AP reporter Friday.
Paul Keenan, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis field office, said Friday that agents questioned Hole last year after his mother called police to say that her son might commit “suicide by cop.” He said the FBI was called after items were found in Hole’s bedroom, but he did not elaborate on what they were. He said agents found no evidence of a crime and that they did not identify Hole as espousing a racially motivated ideology.
Hole worked for the company in 2020m McCartt said, adding that know why Hole left the job or if he had ties to the workers in the facility. He said police have not uncovered a motive for Thursday’s shooting but added that law enforcement officers seized a gun from him last year.
Hole started randomly firing at people in the parking lot and then went into the building and continued shooting late Thursday night, McCartt said. The shooter apparently killed himself shortly before police entered the building, said McCartt, who said he did not know if Hole owned the gun legally.
“There was no confrontation with anyone that was there,” he said. “There was no disturbance, there was no argument. He just appeared to randomly start shooting.”
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