Family of Indianapolis FedEx shooter apologizes: 'We are devastated'

US Four Sikhs among the eight killed in shooting at Fed Ex facility in Indianapolis

US Four Sikhs among the eight killed in shooting at Fed Ex facility in Indianapolis

Indianapolis's tightly knit Sikh community mourned Saturday as members learned that four Sikhs were among the eight people killed in the mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse.

He said his sister-in-law began working at the FedEx facility in November - after previously working at a bakery - and was a dedicated worker whose husband was disabled.

"She was supposed to take the day off but then she decided, oh, well, let me just go in".

Authorities searched multiple locations and seized evidence in their effort to learn more about the shooter and a possible motive. Members of the religion, which began in India in the 15th century, began settling in IN more than 50 years ago.

The massacre is the most recent in a series of USA mass shootings that has again pushed the issue of gun violence to the political foreground. The police could not yet say why he opened fire as he shot himself before being apprehended.

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

Coroners released the names of the victims late Friday, a little less than 24 hours after the latest mass shooting to rock the U.S. Four of them were members of Indianapolis' Sikh community.

Kuldip Sekhon said his family lost another relative in the shooting - Kaur, who was his son's mother-in-law. He said both Kaur and Amarjit Sekhon began working at the FedEx facility at the same time last November. "My nani, my family, and our families should not feel unsafe at work, at their place of worship, or anywhere", Chohan continued.

Smith, the youngest of the victims, was last in contact with her family shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, family members said in social media posts late Friday.

8 people killed in shooting at US Fedex facility in Indianapolis
A FedEx spokesman said the company was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the loss of its team members. A witness told WTHR-TV that he was working inside the building when he heard gunshots.

"We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport". Thousands of Sikh-Americans live in IN, according to community members.

Members of the religion, which began in India in the 15th century, began settling in IN more than 50 years ago and opened their first house of worship, known as a gurdwara, in 1999.

In March, eight people were fatally shot at massage businesses across Atlanta, and 10 were killed in a shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colo.

The shooting comes on the week Sikhs are celebrating Vaisakhi, a major holiday festival that among other things marks the date Sikhism was born as a collective faith.

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

"While we don't yet know the motive of the shooter, he targeted a facility known to be heavily populated by Sikh employees", said the coalition's executive director Satjeet Kaur. An estimated 500,000 Sikhs live in the United States. No crime was identified at the time. A year ago during the same time period, there were 85.

Biden, who has faced pressure to call more forcefully for gun control measures, said in his Friday statement that it's up to Congress act next, including on some gun control legislation that has already been passed by the House. They carried his former uniform, No. 16, onto the field, where they hugged and cried.

"People would bring doughnuts in and he was always sticking doughnuts back for his drivers", he told The Indianapolis Star. "We never expected something like this to happen".

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