8 people killed in shooting at US Fedex facility in Indianapolis

Police spokeswoman Genae Cook told reporters officers found an ‘active shooter incident’ at a Fedex facility near the city's international airport and believe the gunman died by suicide. — Reuters pic

Police spokeswoman Genae Cook told reporters officers found an ‘active shooter incident’ at a Fedex facility near the city's international airport and believe the gunman died by suicide. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, April 16 ― Multiple people were shot in an incident today in the United States city of Indianapolis, according to police, although the severity of the victims' injuries was not immediately clear.

Multiple people have injuries and the gunman has died, according to authorities. Another two people were treated and released at the scene, Cook said.

Cook said that Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers responded to the warehouse shortly after 11 p.m. following reports of gun shots.

"This is going to go long into the morning", she added.

A FedEx spokesman said the company was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the loss of its team members.

At least four additional people were injured and transported to a nearby hospital.

Christina Valor said she had learned about the shooting from the news and driven to the hotel because her sister, Natalie Valor, worked there and had not been in touch.

"We're still trying to ascertain the exact reason and cause for this incident", she said. "But we don't know anything".

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In a statement, the courier and delivery company said: "We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport".

Indianapolis police spokeswoman Genae Cook told reporters early on Friday that when police arrived at the scene late on Thursday, officers observed an active shooting incident at the facility - a FedEx site on Mirabel Road, Indianapolis. "The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with investigating authorities", the statement said.

"Preliminary information is that the alleged shooter has taken his own life here at the scene", she said.

"Thank God for being here because I thought I was going to get shot", Miller said.

Interstate-70 near the airport was temporarily closed Thursday night in both directions as police responded to the scene of the shooting.

A witness told WTHR-TV that he was working inside the building when he heard gunshots.

At first Jeremiah Miller and Timothy Boillat thought the sound was from a auto, but after hearing more, Miller stood up and saw a man with a weapon, he told the station. "I immediately ducked down and got scared", Jeremiah Miller said.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett tweeted: "This morning, Indianapolis residents are confronted with the horrific news of yet another mass shooting, an act of violence that senselessly claimed the lives of eight of our neighbors".

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