The wife of Indianapolis FedEx shooting victim John “Steve” Weisert says the couple were months away from celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
In an interview with WTHR that they say was conducted after the Thursday night shooting, John’s wife Mary Carol Weisert — who was still waiting to find out about her husband — said she immediately knew something was wrong when he wasn’t home at his usual time.
“They get paid on Thursday night. Usually the other days of the week, like Monday to Wednesday and Friday, he’s home maybe 11:30, but sometimes he’s later when they get the paychecks. So, not seeing him at 12:30, 1 o’clock, 1:30... I just panicked,” Mary said.
“I thought maybe he had an accident or run off the road or anything, because he’s older. And they said ‘No, it’s worse than that. There was a mass shooting.’”
Upon hearing those words, Mary had a physical reaction from her shock.
“I just, immediately, horror, terror, horror, fear, shock. I mean, you know, I don’t know how else to describe it. Actually it bothered me physically. I started shaking like a leaf.”
Mary told the outlet that she and her husband were set to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this fall.
She also said John, a retired engineer, had only worked at the FedEx facility for about 4.5 years and took the job because the couple had to pay off certain debts.
“He’s just a package handler, a retired professional engineer, but after retirement he wanted to keep working. We had some things we needed to pay off, so he took this job,” Weiser said.
At the time, Mary said she and family didn’t “know anything [about John’s condition] because they don’t allow them to take their phone in there.”
“I must’ve called him four or five times. And they called him... and nothing.”
Tragically, on Friday, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department released the identities of the eight victims, which included John.
Those killed in the incident include Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Kaur Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; and Karli Smith, 19.
Per the New York Times, family members of the deceased have provided different ages and spellings for the victims Jasvinder Kaur, 50; Amarjit Sekhon, 49; and Jaswinder Kaur Singh, 70.
That day, authorities identified the mass shooter as Brandon Scott Hole, 19, a former FedEx employee who last worked at the warehouse in fall 2020.
Per authorities, the suspect began firing his gun almost immediately after exiting his parked car outside the FedEx AmeriPlex. He appeared to have taken his own life shortly before officers entered the facility.
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.