WASHINGTON: An armed man killed eight people and then committed suicide after attacking a supply company’s facility in the U.S. city of Indianapolis, police said.
The victims were all found at a Fedex facility near the international airport, where the shooting took place late on Thursday, police spokeswoman Genae Cook told a news conference, adding that several others had been taken to hospital.
A man who said he was working at the facility told local TV station WISH-TV that he saw the shooter start firing and heard more than 10 shots.
“I saw a man with a kind of submachine gun, an automatic rifle, and he fired in the open. I immediately fell down and got scared,” Jeremiah Miller said.
Cook told reporters that officers had responded to an “active shooting game”, adding that they believe the gunman died of suicide.
She said authorities assessed that there was no longer an immediate threat to public safety.
A spokesman for Fedex confirmed to AFP that its facility was the site of the shooting, saying the company was cooperating with authorities.
“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our ground facility near Indianapolis Airport,” the company said in a statement.
“Safety is our highest priority and our thoughts are with all those affected.”
The delivery company’s facility is reported to have more than 4,000 employees.
Timothy Boillat, another employee at the facility, told WISH-TV that he saw about 30 police cars arrive at the scene as he witnessed the shooting unfold.
“After hearing the shooting, I saw a corpse on the floor,” he said.
“Fortunately, I was far enough away where he is [the shooter] did not see me. “
– Shots from shootings –
Live video showed police tapes at the scene following several mass shootings in recent weeks.
Late last month, four people, including a child, were shot dead in an office building in Southern California.
On March 22, 10 people were killed in a shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado.
It happened less than a week after a man shot and killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at spas in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nearly 40,000 people in the United States die each year from guns, more than half of them being suicides.
The issue of arms regulation in the United States is politically charged.
President Joe Biden this month announced six executive measures that he said would help stem the crisis of violence.
“It’s an international embarrassment,” Biden told congressmen and gun control activists at a White House ceremony.
“Enough prayers,” the Democrat said. “Time for some action.”
The movement was immediately attacked by Republicans, with the party’s senior leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, warning of “unconstitutional overreach.”