Four Sikhs among eight victims of FedEx facility shooting in Indianapolis

US: Four Sikhs among the eight killed in shooting at FedEx facility in Indianapolis

The shooting lasted only a couple of minutes and was over by the time police responded to the scene, Craig McCartt, the Indianapolis police department's deputy chief, said on Friday.

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.

"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.

Mohinder Singh Taneja, of the Plainview Sikh Center, says the additional officers in front of the temples is appreciated.

The attack was another blow to the Asian American community a month after authorities said six people of Asian descent were killed by a gunman in the Atlanta area and amid ongoing attacks against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, Khalsa said that the FedEx facility in question, situated near the city's global airport provided employment to older members of the Sikh community who did not speak English very well. He killed four people outside, then walked inside and fatally shot four more.

One man who was working a twilight shift at the FedEx Ground station told local broadcaster WISH-TV he saw the gunman start shooting and heard more than 10 shots. The deputy police chief said he did not know why Hole left the job or if he had ties to the workers in the facility. The couple was married almost 50 years.

FedEx confirmed that he was a former employee.

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President Biden said he had been briefed on the shooting and called gun violence "an epidemic" in the U.S. "Enough is enough - our community has been through enough trauma".

"We must break this cycle of suffering in America", he tweeted. Thousands of Sikh-Americans live in IN, according to community members. He said agents found no evidence of a crime and that they did not identify Hole as espousing a racially motivated ideology. After Hole was reported to the law enforcement in March a year ago, authorities put him on an "immediate detention mental health temporary hold", Paul Keenan, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Indianapolis, told the New York Times.

The Associated Press obtained a police report from the incident previous year and say officers seized a pump-action shotgun from the man's home. Keenan said the gun was never returned.

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 "sad to confirm" that at least four of those killed were community members.

The Sikh Coalition said on Twitter that it expects "authorities will conduct a full investigation - including the possibility of bias as a factor".

Satjeet Kaur, the Sikh Coalition's executive director, said the entire community was traumatised by the "senseless" violence. "It's completely devastating for us".

The massacre is the most recent in a series of United States mass shootings that has again pushed the issue of gun violence to the political foreground.

IMPD spokesperson Genae Cook speaks with a person looking for information on the people inside the FedEx building where 8 people were killed Friday, April 16, 2021.

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