Indianapolis Shooting Suspect Obtained Guns Legally, Police Say

Marco Green
April 19, 2021

Eight people were killed in the Thursday shooting before the attacker killed himself.

Police also said Saturday that the gunman, 19-year-old Brandon Hole, a former employee of the facility who took his own life after shooting the victims, legally bought the two assault rifles used in the attack, despite a "red flag" law in IN created to prevent violent and unstable individuals from buying firearms.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced the rifles used in the attack and discovered that the shooter purchased them in July and September 2020.

On Saturday, Hole's family issued an apology to the victims and claimed that the family attempted to get the perpetrator "the help he needed".

FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said Hole was placed on an immediate detention mental health temporary hold by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

"Given everything our community has experienced in the past - the pattern of violence, bigotry, and backlash we have faced - it is impossible not to feel that same pain and targeting in this moment", a statement released by eight Gurdwaras in the Indianapolis area read. "No Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the course of the assessment and no criminal violation was found", Keenan said in the statement.

The victims of the attack have been identified as Matthew R. Alexander, 32, Samaria Backwell, 19, Amarjeet Johal, 66, Jaswinder Kaur, 64, Jaswinder Singh, 68, Amarjit Sekhon, 48, Karlie Smith, 19, and John Weisert, 74.

About 90% of the workers at the FedEx warehouse near the Indianapolis International Airport are members of the local Sikh community, police said on Friday.

Joined by the Indianapolis mayor, members of Sikh community and other city residents came together for a vigil Saturday and called for gun reform.

The coalition says about 5,00,000 Sikhs live in the U.S. Many practicing Sikhs are visually distinguishable by their articles of faith, which include the unshorn hair and turban.

"We must support one another, not just in grief, but in calling our policymakers and elected officials to make meaningful change", Ms. Kaur said.

Police say that the suspect, a former employee at FedEx, went to the Ground Plainfield Operations Center on Thursday, and opened fire randomly.

In a Friday statement, President Biden called US gun violence "an epidemic" and said that the country "can, and must, do more to act and to save lives".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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