Four members of Sikh community among dead in Indianapolis FedEx shooting

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 18, 2021

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Saturday assured that the Government of India will provide all possible assistance to the families of the victims who were killed in a mass shooting in the United States city of Indianapolis on Thursday (local time).

Biden said that gun control was a "long-term problem".

Police named the suspect as 19-year-old Brandon Hole, who last worked at the company in 2020. "He just appeared to randomly start shooting".

McCartt said that the slayings took place in a matter of minutes, and that there were at least 100 people in the facility at the time.

"Out of eight, four are Sikh community members", said businessman Gurinder Singh Khalsa, who identified himself as a leader of the local Sikh community and said he had spoken with the families of those killed. Police say they searched items his room at the time and removed a shotgun, which was not returned.

Employee relatives had gathered at a hotel Friday near the plant for news of loved ones who work there.

Police Chief Randal Taylor noted that a "significant" number of employees at the FedEx facility are members of the Sikh community, and the Sikh Coalition later issued a statement saying it was "deeply saddened to learn" that Sikh community members were among the wounded and killed.

The shooting is the deadliest incident of violence collectively in the Sikh community in the US since 2012, when a white supremacist burst into a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and shot 10 people, killing six.

The issue of U.S. gun regulation is politically fraught. Victims include persons of Indian American Sikh community.

FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said it would be premature to speculate on the motive of the gunman in Indianapolis, a 19-year-old former FedEx employee.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Paul Keenan said Hole was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April 2020 and had a shotgun seized by authorities, the Indianapolis Star reported.

"When officers arrived they found a very chaotic and active crime scene", Mr McCartt said, adding that they believe the gunman used a rifle during the attack.

"I also urged Congress to hear the call of the American people - including the vast majority of gun owners - to enact commonsense gun violence prevention legislation, like universal background checks and a ban of weapons of war and high-capacity magazines", Biden said.

It was not immediately clear whether Hole had been fired or left his job voluntarily, or if he knew the victims.

Although US law officials did not immediately deem the attack to be of racial or ethnic origins, the Sikh community as well as Sikh civil rights groups have called for an investigation to determine a possible hate bias involved in the incident.

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All US flags will be flown at half-staff until April 20 out of respect for the victims, the White House said in a statement.

"This is a devastating day, and words are hard to describe the emotions we all feel", he said in a statement.

The killings marked the latest in a string of recent mass shootings across the country and the third mass shooting this year in Indianapolis. The first three deceased are women. In other states last month, eight people were fatally shot at massage businesses in the Atlanta area, and 10 died in gunfire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

"While we don't yet know the motive of the shooter, he targeted a facility known to be heavily populated by Sikh employees, and the attack is traumatic for our community as we continue to face senseless violence", said Satjeet Kaur, the Sikh Coalition's executive director.

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