Deputy Chief Craig McCartt identified the shooter Friday afternoon as 19-year-old Brandon Hole, who last worked at FedEx in 2020.
According to McCartt, the hole was found dead from a gunshot wound that appeared to inflict itself.
In March 2020, Hole’s mother told law enforcement that he could attempt “police suicide,” the Indianapolis FBI office said in a statement.
Special Agent in charge Paul Keenan said Hole had been temporarily taken to a mental emergency room by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He also said that a shotgun was confiscated from Hole’s apartment.
“Based on items seen in the suspect’s bedroom at the time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020,” the statement said. “During the course of the evaluation, no Racial Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified and no criminal violation was found. The shotgun was not returned to the suspect.”
McCartt told reporters that Indianapolis police found Hole’s name in two previous incident reports. The deputy chief had no information about the first report. The details he outlined in a 2020 report are in line with the FBI’s statement.
Investigators are trying to pinpoint the motive and are looking for the house they believe is the home of the alleged gunman, Keenan told reporters late Friday morning.
When asked what got the suspected shooter into the FedEx facility around 11 p.m. on Thursday, McCartt said, “I wish we could answer that.”
Indianapolis police announced the names of eight deceased victims on Friday evening. They are: 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.
An IMPD statement said the next of kin had been notified by the Marion County coroner office. According to the statement, the cause of death will be determined after the autopsies are completed.
According to the IMPD, the names of the injured will not be published.
The murders began Thursday night when a gunman “got out of his car and pretty quickly launched random shots outside the facility,” McCartt said.
The gunman “then went in and didn’t get far into the facility” while shooting others there, McCartt told CNN earlier Friday.
Laveda Chester told CNN’s OutFront with Erin Burnett that she was coming on her night shift when she heard a bang and thought it might be a car accident. She said she looked around and saw none. But then she saw the shooter running towards the building with a rifle in hand.
She waited for him to go inside so she could drive away without attracting the gunman’s attention. She went to another parking lot and called the police. She said she then tried to warn other arriving workers that there was shooting there. Some stopped and others drove past her.
“Thank god you’re here because I thought I was going to be shot,” one of them, Jeremiah Miller, told WISH.
Investigators heard that the shooting “only lasted a few minutes – that it didn’t last very long,” McCartt said.
“My understanding is that by the time the officers walked in … the situation was over – the suspect took his life very shortly before entering the facility,” McCartt told reporters.
There were at least 100 people in the facility when the shooting started, he said. Many were on their lunch break or changed shifts.
Four people were found dead outside and four others, excluding the shooter, were dead inside, McCartt said.
Several people injured
McCartt said four survivors were rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds, and a fifth person was treated in another county for a gunshot wound. Two people were treated on the spot, he said.
The shooter had at least one gun that investigators believe is a rifle, McCartt told reporters.
Police tried to understand the scene early Friday while relatives of FedEx employees gathered at a nearby hotel that officials offered as a place to wait for news, reunite with workers, and meet with police planners .
“Many of the staff did not have cell phones in the facility,” and so many survivors could not contact their families immediately, McCartt told CNN.
When asked Friday morning whether witnesses said FedEx or security guards had signs that something like the shooting was about to happen on Friday, McCartt said no.
“We’re still working with FedEx Security on anything that might indicate this is going to happen now,” McCartt said at the news conference on Friday morning.
“At first they didn’t sound like gunshots.”
“At first they didn’t sound like gunshots … Then we heard three more gunshots, and then my buddy saw … someone running out of the building.” Said Boillat.
“And then more shots went off. Someone went behind his car to the trunk and got another gun,” said Boillat, without saying whether that person was the shooter.
“And then I saw a body on the floor,” Boillat told WRTV.
The police are asking anyone who has been there and may have left for safety or medical treatment to contact him for information about the shooting.
The governor and other officials offer condolences
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the healing process will be influenced in part by the nation’s talks about cycles of violence “fueled by readily available weapons.”
“We need to protect ourselves from resignation or even despair – the assumption that it just has to be that way and that we can just as easily get used to it. We need the courage to force courageous acts that overcome fatigue,” said Hogsett.
FedEx issued a statement saying it was “deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members”.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said Friday was “another heartbreaking day and I am shocked by the mass shootings at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis.”
“At times like these, words like justice and grief are missing in response to those who have been senselessly received. Our thoughts go with families, friends, co-workers and everyone affected by this dire situation,” said Holcomb.
The flags will be lowered to half the staff at sunset Friday through Tuesday, “in memory of those we lost,” Holcomb said.
“Nothing we learn can heal the wounds of those who fled with their lives but who will now … endure the memories of that terrible crime,” said Hogsett.
“I am communicating with the local authorities to find out all the details of the attack and my office is ready to help anyone affected in any way possible,” he said.
Correction: In an earlier version of this article, Amarjit Sekhon and Karli Smith’s names were incorrectly given based on information from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
CNN’s Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, Kay Jones, Alta Spells, Meredith Edwards, Jason Carroll, Melissa Alonso, Madeline Holcombe, Joe Sutton and Keith Allen contributed to this report.