The man who shot and killed eight people Thursday at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis and then killed himself has been identified as Brandon Scott Hole, according to the Associated Press.
It remains unclear why Hole, 19, shot and killed the eight workers at the facility near Indianapolis International Airport, but Indianapolis police had confiscated a gun and took Hole into custody last year following suicide threats.
An IMPD report from March 3, 2020, references a mental health check for suicidal tendencies at 1109 Huber St., and lists Hole, then 18, as being arrested. It says police seized a shotgun “from dangerous person.”
The report said the Behavioral Health Unit “initiated immediate detention on male reported to have voiced suicidal ideation.” It added Hole had purchased a gun within the last 24 hours and talked about suicide by police, a situation in which a person prompts police to kill them. He was transported to a local hospital.
Earlier Friday, Indianapolis police said they had not made a positive identification of the gunman. They did not immediately respond to requests Friday afternoon to confirm Hole was the shooter.
Two law enforcement officials briefed on the matter provided the identity to The Associated Press. The investigators searched a home in Indianapolis associated with Hole and have seized evidence, including desktop computers and other electronic media, the officials said.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said investigators have an idea of who the man is, but would not reveal a name until positive identification is made by investigators and the coroner. FBI Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said investigators were searching a home this morning.
“We have an idea,” McCartt said. “We have some other leads that led us to that location.”
the home was at 1109 N. Hubert St., the same residence police responded to in regard to Hole’s suicide threat in 2020.
At the house on Hubert Street this afternoon, no one answered knocks on the door. A woman was looking out window. A man in the house then put up a “no trespassing” sign.
No neighbors were willing to speak, and some were verbally hostile yelling and swearing at a reporter and photographer.
McCartt also gave a brief description of the shooter’s actions.
“So what we did find preliminarily from the interviews that were conducted was that, you know, this suspect came to the facility. And when he came there, he he got out of his car and pretty quickly started some random shooting outside the facility,” he said. “There was no confrontation with anyone that was there. There was no disturbance. There was no argument. He just appeared to randomly start shooting. And that began in the parking lot and then he did go into the building, into the facility, for a brief period of time before he took his own life.”
McCartt said he could not confirm whether the suspect was a current or former employee. He added it would be premature to speculate on a possible motive.
The horrific crime scene was discovered when Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to 8951 Mirabel Road on a report of shots fired just after 11 p.m. Thursday.
The victims were found dead at the scene, IMPD Genea Cook said during a briefing after 3 a.m. Friday. Those killed had injuries consistent with gunshot wounds. The gunman was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide nearby.
The address of the FedEx facility is 8951 Mirabel Road, Indianapolis. The facility is located on the southwest side of the city near Indianapolis International Airport.