The epidemic of gun violence and mass shooting continued in the United States Thursday night, with a gunman killing eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.
The shooter also killed himself, police said.
Multiple other people were injured when gunfire erupted at the facility near the Indianapolis International Airport, police spokesperson Genae Cook said.
At least four persons were hospitalised, including one person with critical injuries.
Another two people were treated and released at the scene, Cook said.
The shooter wasn’t immediately identified, and investigators were still in the process of conducting interviews and gathering information.
Cook said it was too early to tell whether the shooter was an employee at the facility.
Police were called to reports of gunfire just after 11 p.m. and officers observed an active shooting scene, Cook said. The gunman later killed himself.
“We’re still trying to ascertain the exact reason and cause for this incident,” Cook said.
FedEx released a statement saying it is cooperating with authorities and working to get more information.
“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,” the statement said.
A witness who said he works at the facility told WISH-TV that he saw a man with a gun after hearing several gunshots.
“I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open,” Jeremiah Miller said.
Another man told WTTV that his niece was sitting in the driver’s seat of her car when the gunfire erupted, and she was wounded.
“She got shot on her left arm,” said Parminder Singh. “She’s fine, she’s in the hospital now.”
He said his niece did not know the shooter.