INDIANAPOLIS (NewsNation Now) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says eight people died from injuries “consistent with gunshot wounds,” and at least six others were hurt in a shooting on Indy’s southwest side Thursday night.
Four were taken to the hospital by ambulance that officers knew of, and two were treated and released at the scene. It’s unclear if all of them were shot. lMPD Public Information Officer Genae Cook said others took themselves to the hospital and police were still working to get an accurate count.
The shooter is dead, according to Cook. She says it appears he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“There are going to be people out there who are emotionally upset and we need to support them,” Cook said. “We understand there are a lot of moving parts and we ask for your patience as we gather the most accurate information.”
“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport,” a FedEx statement released just after 1:30 a.m. ET said. “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.”
One of the victim’s family members spoke with NewsNation affiliate WXIN and says his niece was in her car when a gunman started shooting at her vehicle.
“She called as I was asleep at home. She said there was a shooting in the FedEx. So we just drove from Brownsburg,” said Parminder Singh, the uncle of one of the victims.
She was shot in the arm, but he says she’s okay. Singh says she did not know who the shooters were.
Another man, Ian Johnson, says that his wife works in the facility. She texted him to tell him that there was an active shooter at the facility. She is still inside the facility as of the time of this report and tells him that she is OK.
“I communicated for a while and it went silent for a while, so I came here just to see what was going on and she texted me, ‘I’m okay,'” Johnson said.
A worker told WISH-TV he heard several gunshots and saw a man with an automatic rifle.
This is a developing story. Check back soon for updates.
NewsNation affiliate WXIN contributed to this story