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Indianapolis FedEx shooting suspect randomly fired in parking lot


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The gunman who killed eight people at an Indianapolis FedEx facility parked his vehicle, got out of his car and quickly began randomly shooting, police said during a 10:30 a.m. news conference. 

Police did not identify the killer or any victims, but said the gunman used a rifle. Four of the victims were found outside the facility and four were found inside. Five others were injured and transported from the scene, four of them with non-fatal gunshot wounds,  IMPD Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said.

The gunman killed himself inside the facility before officers arrived, McCartt said. The incident lasted a matter of minutes, McCartt said.

“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,” McCartt said. “There was no confrontation with anyone that was there. There was no disturbance. There was no argument. He just appeared to randomly start shooting. And that began in the parking lot, and then he did go into the building, into the facility, for a brief period of time before he took his own life.”

Additional details were scarce at the news conference, which also included comments from Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, IMPD Chief Randal Taylor and FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan. 

Police said they had some leads that led them to an unidentified residence. Keenan said the FBI was “assisting on the search of the suspect’s home.”

Hogsett said White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain had reached out via text message to offer assistance. Klain is a North Central High School graduate. 

The shooting at the FedEx Ground Plainfield Operations Center near the Indianapolis International Airport late Thursday night was the largest mass shooting in Indianapolis in at least the past 15 years. 

This story will be updated.

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Contact IndyStar reporter Tony Cook at 317-444-6081 or tony.cook@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @IndyStarTony.

Call IndyStar reporter Amelia Pak-Harvey at 317-444-6175 or email her at apakharvey@indystar.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmeliaPakHarvey.

Contact Lawrence Andrea at 317-775-4313 or landrea@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter @lawrencegandrea.