A Thursday night shooting incident at an Indianapolis FedEx facility has killed at least eight people and injured several others.
At a press conference Friday, Craig McCartt, deputy chief of criminal investigations for Indianapolis, said the gunman began firing almost immediately after exiting his vehicle in the complex’s parking lot.
“He came to this facility, emerged from his car, and pretty quickly started some random shooting,” McCartt told reporters.
Police say the shooting was reported shortly after 11 p.m. EST and that an initial investigation shows there was no disturbance or argument that pre-empted the massacre, which lasted about two minutes.
Authorities say the gunman — who police say had at least one weapon, believed to be a rifle — took his own life shortly before officers entered the facility.
McCartt said four bodies were found outside the facility, and four more were found inside. NBC News adds that this number does not include the suspect himself.
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 continued, adding that counselors were onsite at the facility to provide support.
In a news release obtained by CNN, five people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and two other people were treated at the scene and released.
No law enforcement officers were hurt in the incident.
On Friday, The Associated Press said authorities identified the shooter as a man in his 20s. Following the event, officials interviewed witnesses and the FBI searched what is believed to be the suspect’s house.
McCartt said it is unclear if the shooter had any connection to FedEx.
Three law enforcement sources told CNN that the suspect was known to federal and local authorities. Reportedly, a relative once reached out to officials to warn that the person might be capable of violence.
Despite this development, officials are still unclear as to his motive.
As of this writing, none of the eight victims were named, as police are still working to identify all of them.
This incident marks at least the 45th mass shooting in the United States since the Atlanta-area spa shootings on March 16.
Our condolences go out to the victims and everyone affected by this senseless tragedy.