The family of the man police say killed eight people at a FedEx Ground facility near Indianapolis International Airport issued a statement Saturday saying they tried to get the 19-year-old “the help he needed.”
Police say Brandon Scott Hole, who previously worked for FedEx, killed himself after using a rifle on Thursday night to shoot FedEx workers inside and outside the building at 8951 Mirabel Road. In addition to the eight who died, five victims went to the hospital, one in critical condition, and two others were treated at the scene and released.
“We are devastated at the loss of life caused as a result of Brandon’s actions,” said the statement, issued through public relations specialist Robert Vane. “Our sincerest and most heartfelt apologies go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy. We are so sorry for the pain and hurt being felt by their families and the entire Indianapolis community.”
Police say Hole’s mother last year called the police about her son, fearing that he might commit suicide. Police seized a gun from him at that time, but he wasn’t charged with a crime.
The Hole statement on Saturday said that “through the love of his family, we tried to get him the help he needed.” It did not elaborate.
The family—through Vane—declined interviews or further comment.
On Friday, police identified the eight victims as Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jasvinder Kaur, 54; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karli Smith, 19, and John Weisert, 74.
A vigil will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at Krannert Park. The event will feature comments from state Rep. Renee Peck, D-Indianapolis, who helped organize the event, and U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis. Mayor Joe Hogsett is planning to attend as well.