The mother of the shooter who killed eight people after opening fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late had concerns about her son’s mental health and reported him to police last year. The 19-year-old gunman, who has been identified by authorities as Brandon Scott Hole, took his life after the shooting at his former workplace.
No law enforcement officers were hurt in the shooting, but when the shooter’s mother spoke with law enforcement last year, she told them she was worried her son might try to” attempt “suicide by cop,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan, who runs the bureau’s Indianapolis field office.
The phrase “suicide by cop” refers to a self-destructive person who intentionally draws the attention of the police in hopes of a deadly confrontation.
BREAKING: The Indianapolis mass shooter is a 19-year-old white male, according to media.https://t.co/4lbHMvPykE
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 16, 2021
“A shotgun was seized at his residence. Based on items observed in the suspect’s bedroom at that time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020. No Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the course of the assessment and no criminal violation was found,” according to a police statement. “The shotgun was not returned to the suspect.”
Two law enforcement officials confirm to @AP FedEx shooter has been ID'd as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole of Indiana. They say investigators are searching a home associated with him & have seized evidence, incl. desktop computers & other electronic media. https://t.co/T1PKCtTnva
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) April 16, 2021
Fed Ex released a statement early on Friday that addressed the tragedy at their Indianapolis facility.
"It is with a heavy heart that I write to you regarding the tragedy that occurred at our FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis last night … Our priority right now is in responding to the situation on the ground and helping our team members and law enforcement."
— FedEx (@FedEx) April 16, 2021
This is the third high-profile shooting this year in Indianapolis alone. In January, five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot dead in the city’s northeast side. And in March, a man fatally shot three adults and a child at an Indianapolis home in a dispute over a stimulus check, police said.
President Joe Biden ordered flags be lowered to half-staff.
“Last night and into the morning in Indianapolis, yet again families had to wait to hear word about the fate of their loved ones. What a cruel wait and fate that has become too normal and happens every day somewhere in our nation,” Biden said in a statement.