Indianapolis shooting: authorities investigate motive after eight killed

The FBI and authorities were investigating possible motives on Friday after a gunman killed eight people and injured several more at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis, in the latest of a string of mass shootings to rock the US.

Authorities identified the gunman as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole of Indiana, according to multiple media reports. Police said they could not yet explain why he opened fire with a rifle late Thursday night at a FedEx processing center near the Indianapolis airport.

Randal Taylor, the police chief, said a “significant” number of employees at the FedEx facility are members of the Sikh community. Taylor spoke from a hotel where family members were awaiting word on their loved ones.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that Sikh community members are among those injured and killed by the gunman in Indianapolis last night,” Satjeet Kaur, executive director of the Sikh Coalition, said in the statement.
“Our hearts and prayers are with their families, and we are in touch with community leaders, government and law enforcement officials to learn more. While we don’t yet know the motive or identity of the shooter, we expect that authorities will continue to conduct a full investigation – including the possibility of bias as a factor.”

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