FedEx shooting: Everything we know so far about incident at Indianapolis warehouse

The Fedex facility is located close to the international airport

At least four Sikhs have been killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx company facility in Indianapolis by a 19-year-old former employee, according to the Sikh Coalition.

Hole began firing randomly at people in the parking lot of the FedEx facility late Thursday, killing four, before entering the building, fatally shooting four more people and then turning the gun on himself, McCartt said. However, many Twitter users believed that the mass shooting was yet another racist attack faced by Sikhs living in US.

Officials with the coroner's office said they have not been able to get to the scene to identify the victims because evidence is still being collected.

The Thursday night slayings came a week after President Joe Biden branded United States gun violence an "epidemic" and an "international embarrassment" as he waded into the tense debate over firearms control, a sensitive American political issue.

About 90 per cent of the workers at this delivery service facility are said to be Indian-Americans, mostly from the Sikh community.

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 recent surge in USA mass shootings began on March 16 when a gunman shot eight people to death, including six Asian woman, at three Atlanta-area day spas before he was arrested.

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Indianapolis FedEx employee Olivia Sui told Reuters via text message that she and some co-workers had just left the building after picking up their paychecks and were sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot when shots rang out. "It stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation".

The tragic killings have once again brought gun violence and targeted hate crimes at the centre of security discussions in the states. "I thought he saw me and so I immediately ducked for cover", he added. He said police have not yet uncovered a motive for the shooting.

But Sikhs, whose religion originated in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent, accounted for four of those killed and at least one wounded, according to Gurinder Singh Khalsa, a businessman and leader of the local Sikh community. Her daughter, Jessica, works in the facility and she had not heard from her.

The shooting also adds to burgeoning national tally. He called the act "senseless" and "unacceptable".

"This is a devastating day, and words are hard to describe the emotions we all feel", he wrote in an email to employees. Another 10 were killed in gunfire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says it questioned the man responsible for the shooting past year after his mother called to police to say that her son might commit "suicide by cop". "Our Consulate is in touch with the Mayor and local authorities in Indianapolis as well as the community leaders".

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