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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The former employee who shot and killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally purchased the two assault rifles used in the attack despite red flag laws designed to prevent this, has the police said.
A trace of the two guns found by investigators at the scene revealed that suspect Brandon Scott Hole, 19, of Indianapolis, legally purchased the rifles in July and September of last year, department officials said on Saturday. of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police.
IMPD did not indicate where Hole purchased the weapons, citing the ongoing investigation, but said Hole witnessed the use of both rifles in the assault.
Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt said Hole began randomly shooting people in the parking lot of the FedEx facility on Thursday evening, killing four people before entering the building, fatally shooting four other people, then turning the gun on itself.
Indiana has had a “red flag law” allowing police or courts to seize the guns of people who show warning signs of violence since 2005, when it became one of the first states. to pass such a law after an Indianapolis policeman was killed by a man. whose weapons had to be returned despite being hospitalized months earlier for an emergency mental health assessment.
The law aims to prevent people from buying or owning a firearm if they are found by a judge to present “an imminent risk” to themselves or to others.
Authorities have two weeks after seizing someone’s gun to argue in court that that person should not be allowed to own a gun, according to the law. Officials did not say if a judge had made a red flag ruling in Hole’s case.
Paul Keenan, a special agent in charge of the local FBI office in Indianapolis, said officers questioned Hole last year after his mother called the police to say her son could kill himself by a cop. He said the FBI was called after items were found in Hole’s room, but he didn’t say what they were. He said officers found no evidence of a crime and did not identify Hole as espousing a racially motivated ideology.
A police report obtained by the Associated Press shows officers seized a pump shotgun at Hole’s home after responding to the mother’s call. Keenan said the gun was never returned.
McCartt said Hole was a former FedEx employee and last worked for the company in 2020. The deputy chief of police said he was unsure why Hole left his job or if he had links with facility workers. He said police had yet to find out the motive for the shooting.
Investigators on Friday searched a house in Indianapolis associated with Hole and seized evidence, including desktop computers and other electronic media, McCartt said.
Hole’s family said in a statement on Saturday that they were “so sorry for the pain and injury” caused by her actions.
Associated Press reporters Michael Balsamo in Washington and Pat Eaton-Robb in Connecticut contributed to this report. Casey Smith is a member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative Corps. Report for America is a national, nonprofit service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to report on secret issues.