A shooting left at least eight dead and several injured late Thursday in Indianapolis, in the central United States. The suspected shooter allegedly took his own life, police said.
All the victims were found at a center for the FedEx letter and parcel transport group near the city’s international airport, police spokeswoman Genae Cook told reporters. The police intervened around 11 p.m. local time (5 a.m. in Switzerland).
Eight people with gunshot wounds were found dead at the site and several others hospitalized. “It’s a tragedy,” she added. Many of the police officers who intervened “are trying to cope because it is a vision that no one should ever have to face.”
“He was shooting in the open air”
Police believe the suspected shooter committed suicide. For the authorities, there is no longer a threat to public security, but the collection of information and the identification of victims continues.
A man working at the site told local WISH-TV that he saw a person shoot an automatic weapon and heard more than ten shots that he initially mistook for engine sounds. “I saw a man with some kind of submachine gun, an automatic weapon, and he was shooting in the open,” Jeremiah Miller said. “I bent down immediately and I was scared.”
FedEx confirmed in a statement a shooting on its site and stressed that the group was cooperating with the authorities. “We are aware of the tragic shooting at our ground facility near the Indianapolis airport,” the FedEx statement said. “Safety is our top priority and our hearts go out to all who have been affected.” The site employs more than 4,000 people according to media reports.
Shootings, a recurring scourge
Another employee of the site who witnessed the scene, Timothy Boillat, told WISH-TV that he saw around 30 police cars arrive at the scene as the shooting was over. “After hearing the shots, I saw a body on the ground,” he said. “Luckily, I was far enough away, he (the shooter) didn’t see me.”
Video footage showed the security perimeter set up by police around the site of the shooting, which followed a series of similar incidents in recent weeks.
Shootings are a recurring scourge in the United States, regularly reviving the debate on the proliferation of firearms in the country. On April 9, one person was killed and several others injured at a furniture store in Texas, hours after President Joe Biden presented a limited plan to tackle gun violence.
On March 31, four people, including a nine-year-old child, were killed near Los Angeles in a shootout following two other killings that left 18 people dead in March, in particular eight people including six Asian women in massage parlors. from Atlanta to Georgia.
Firearms killed more than 43,000 people, including suicides, in the United States in 2020, according to the Gun Violence Archive site which counted 611 “mass shootings” – at least four victims – in 2020 against 417 in the year previous. Since January 1, more than 11,000 people have already been killed by firearms.
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, it’s an international disgrace,” Joe Biden blasted on April 8, unveiling targeted measures to fight the proliferation of guns in the United States.
Measures of a reduced scope because of the difficulty in making Congress adopt more daring measures in view of the very narrow Democratic parliamentary majority. Republicans immediately denounced the presidential plans. Many Americans remain very attached to their guns.