Who is FedEx Shooting Suspect Shooter Brandon Scott Hole?
Eight people were killed after Brandon Scott Hole opened fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late Thursday before also killing himself, according to police.
Brandon Scott Hole Biography
Brandon Scott Hole was identified as the 19-year-old mass shooter who stormed into an Indianapolis, Indiana, FedEx Ground facility, killing eight people and wounding more on April 15, 2021.
At least four of the wounded also have gunshot wounds.
“Law enforcement sources confirm to @PeteWilliamsNBC that the Indianapolis gunman was  year old Brandon Scott Hole,” wrote NBC’s Antonia Hylton on Twitter. The network was the first to break the name, which authorities have not formally released.
“We don’t have a lot of information on the suspect yet. He has not been positively identified,” Craig McCartt, deputy chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police, told the TODAY Show. Authorities described him as a “young male, in his 20s.” They said in a news conference that they were searching a home they believe is tied to the suspect, whom they still are trying to positively ID.
Police scoured a FedEx facility in Indianapolis and interviewed scores of witnesses Friday in search of a motive for the latest mass shooting to rock the U.S., as family members of the eight victims spent agonizing hours waiting for word on their loved ones.
Authorities identified the shooter as a young man in his 20s. They said they could not yet say why he opened fire with a rifle late Thursday night at a FedEx processing center near the Indianapolis airport.
Police Chief Randal Taylor also noted that a “significant” number of employees at the facility are members of the Sikh community. Taylor spoke from a hotel where family members are awaiting word on their loved ones. He says he will stay with the families until they get more information.
CNN’s Ana Cabrera reported that the suspect was on authorities’ radar before the mass shooting.
“Authorities were warned about FedEx suspect’s potential for violence in the past, sources say,” she wrote on Twitter. “The suspect in the Indianapolis mass shooting was known to federal and local authorities prior to the attack.”
Cabrera added, “A family member of the suspected shooter reached out to authorities warning about the suspect’s potential for violence, according to three law enforcement sources briefed on the matter.”
At one point in the initial police dispatch audio, dispatchers said the suspect was described as a “white male wearing a hat” or hoodie and carrying a rifle type weapon. Police later said the suspect had a .223 rifle, according to scanner audio. It’s believed there is only one gunman.
“And when I stand up, I see a man — a hooded figure — I was unable to see his face in detail however,” witness Levi Miller told the TODAY Show.
He said the man had a rifle “and he started shouting, and he started firing in random directions. I thought he saw me and so I immediately ducked for cover,” Miller said, adding that he couldn’t make out the suspect’s words.
How old is Brandon Scott Hole?
He was 19 years old.
FedEx Shooting Suspect Shooter Identified
Four other people who were shot and another person who was injured were taken to hospitals, officials said, adding that some may have been privately transported to medical facilities. No law enforcement officers were hurt.
The shooting was reported shortly after 11 p.m. ET and officers arrived to an active shooter incident, according to police.
McCartt said the initial investigation shows there was no disturbance or argument that pre-empted the shooting, which lasted about two minutes.
FedEx Shooting Suspect Shooter Brandon Scott Hole Suicided
The suspected gunman killed himself shortly before police arrived, he said, adding that investigators believe he had a rifle.
Four bodies were found outside the facility, and four more were found inside, McCartt said.
That number did not include the alleged gunman, whose motive and connection to the facility were unclear. Three law enforcement officials identified him as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole.
FedEx Shooting Victims
The victims have not been identified.
“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
The suspect’s house was being searched by the FBI, which is also conducting interviews, according to Paul Keenan, the special agent in charge of the Indianapolis field office.
FedEx CEO Frederick W. Smith said the eight killed were company employees.
“This is a devastating day, and words are hard to describe the emotions we all feel,” he said in a statement.
“I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and co-workers of those team members,” he said, adding that counselors were on site at the facility to provide support.
“This suspect came to the facility, and when he came there he got out of his car and pretty quickly started some random shooting outside the facility,” Craig McCartt, deputy chief of criminal investigations for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, said during a news conference Friday morning.
A FedEx employee told NBC’s “TODAY” show that he was sitting outside the building when he heard what he initially thought was a car with engine problems. He soon realized the sound was actually gunfire.
“And when I stand up, I see a man — a hooded figure — I was unable to see his face in detail however,” Levi Miller said.
He said the man had a rifle “and he started shouting, and then he started firing in random directions.” He couldn’t tell what the gunman was yelling. “I thought he saw me and so I immediately ducked for cover,” Miller said.
FedEx Shooting Suspect Shooter Motive
The shooting motive is not disclosed by the authorities
A Witness Said the Shooter Pulled a Gun Out of His Trunk
Indianapolis FedEx facility shooting witness interview. pic.twitter.com/NRbXSk5d57
— John Curtis (@Johnmcurtis) April 16, 2021
When asked if the shooter was an employee at the FedEx facility, Cook said that was not yet known. According to a job listing for a package handler at the facility, the shooting happened just before the shift change between the twilight sort, which starts at 5:30 p.m., and the midnight sort, which begins at 11:30 p.m.
A witness told Indy First Alert, “One guy showed up and pulled a gun out of his trunk and went inside. People were driving away, but then he started shooting at the cars driving away.” He said the shooting started in the parking lot, and then continued in the building.
FedEx said in a statement after the mass shooting, “We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport. Safety is our top priority and our thoughts are with all those who are affected. We are working to gather more information and are cooperating with investigating authorities.” According to job listings on the FedEx website, the facility includes a warehouse. There is also a self-service drop box at the location, according to the FedEx website.
The dispatcher said at one point that someone “had been shot,” according to the audio obtained by Heavy via Broadcastify.com. Then they said two to three were shot. Another dispatcher said a female was “screaming for help.” An officer said “another one is down by the building.” They said the hospitals should prepare for “multiple victims.” One person was described as “conscious, barely.”
“Do we have any living victims needing an ambulance?” an officer asked at one point.
“Person shot. He is outside in the parking lot,” another dispatcher said of another victim. “EMS is en route.”
“This made me stand up and actually look out the entrance door, and I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open,” Jeremiah Miller told WISH. “I immediately ducked down and got scared and my friend’s mother, she came in and told us to get inside the car.”