At least eight people died in a shooting at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis late Thursday, and the gunman was believed to have taken his own life, the police said.
Here’s what we know about the shooting so far.
Officer Genae Cook of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told reporters that the police had arrived at the scene just after 11 p.m., responding to a report that shots had been fired. They encountered an “active shooter incident,” and there were “multiple people with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds,” she said.
Later Friday morning, she said that eight people had been killed, not including the gunman, who was believed to have died by suicide.
Officer Cook said at least five other people had been hospitalized with injuries, including one in critical condition. Two others were treated at the scene and released.
Officer Cook said the police were working to identify the gunman and that no law enforcement officers had been injured.
Family members have gathered.
Officer Cook asked people who had been unable to make contact with family members who work at FedEx to gather at a Holiday Inn Express about a mile from the warehouse, adding that representatives of the chaplain’s office of the police department would be there to assist them.
At about 2:45 a.m. on Friday, the mood was somber at the hotel, where about 110 people anxiously waited for news. FedEx employees are not allowed to use their phones on the floor of the warehouse, so those gathered had not heard from their loved ones.
Patricia Holman, the senior chaplain for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, was one of six chaplains who arrived at the hotel on Friday to provide counseling and comfort. She has been with the city for more than 30 years, first as a police officer, then as a chaplain.
“This isn’t the first time six of us have responded to an event,” she said. “But this is the first time six of us have been necessary.”
“It never gets easier,” she added.
Reports are coming out from the scene at the warehouse.
A reporter with WRTV, an Indianapolis station, posted an interview on Twitter with a man who said he had been at the facility when the shooting broke out and later saw a body on the floor.
WISH, another local station, quoted an employee at the warehouse, Jeremiah Miller, as saying that he had heard up to 10 shots after finishing his shift.