INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said they responded to an active shooter incident after 11 p.m. Thursday night at the FedEx Ground facility at 8951 Mirabel Rd. just south of I-70 near Ameriplex Parkway and across the interstate from the Indianapolis International Airport.
Police said eight people were killed in the mass shooting and five victims with gunshot wounds were transported to several area hospitals for treatment. Two other victims were treated by medics at the scene and released.
A witness told 13News he was working inside the FedEx building when he heard gunshots.
“I’m at a bench and so I stand up and take a look at the entrance door and by the time I see the door, I see a man come out with a rifle in his hand and he starts firing and he starts yellin’ stuff that I could not understand,” Levi Miller told 13News. “What I ended up doing was ducking down to make sure he did not see me because I thought he would see me and he would shoot me.”
Miller said he went into survival mode. “When you’re in that situation, your instincts kick in,” he said. “When you’re in that moment in life, a lot of things start moving inside you from your mind and it all happens in a second. All for you to keep living.”
Police said the suspected shooter took his own life and there is no further threat to the community.
If you have family members who were working at the facility and have not been able to contact them, IMPD asked that you report to the Holiday Inn Express at 8555 Stansted Rd.
Police chaplains will be available at the hotel to assist families and offer support.
Family members of FedEx workers started arriving at the Holiday Inn and told 13News getting in touch with loved ones was difficult since there is a policy against workers carrying phones during their shift.
FedEx released a statement about the shooting:
“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport. Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected. We are working to gather more information and are cooperating with investigating authorities.”
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett released the following statement Friday morning regarding the mass shooting:
“This morning, Indianapolis residents are confronted with the horrific news of yet another mass shooting, an act of violence that senselessly claimed the lives of eight of our neighbors. As law enforcement works to learn more about this tragedy, our prayers are with the families of those whose lives were cut short.
Thank you to all of our city’s first responders for their tireless work overnight. Their quick response provided critical aid to those injured in the shooting and brought a measure of calm to an otherwise chaotic scene.”
Indiana State Police shut down I-70 near the airport but it has since been reopened.
The FBI said it is now assisting with the investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident should call the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 or (TIPS).