FedEx facility shooting kills 8 in Indianapolis

By Zamira Rahim, Jessie Yeung, Steve George, Aditi Sangal, Nick Thompson, Meg Wagner and Melissa Mahtani, CNN

Updated 9:57 p.m. ET, April 16, 2021
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4:06 a.m. ET, April 16, 2021

Indiana congressman: "I am heartbroken by the mass shooting"

Rep. Andre Carson wears a protective mask during a House Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on April 15.
Rep. Andre Carson wears a protective mask during a House Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on April 15. Al Drago/Pool/Getty Images

Indiana Congressman Andre Carson, who represents the 7th District of Indiana, including Indianapolis, tweeted his condolences for the victims' loved ones in a statement early Friday morning.

"I am heartbroken by the mass shooting at the FedEx facility here in Indianapolis and praying for all affected by this tragedy," he wrote. "I am communicating with local authorities to get all details of the attack and my office stands ready to help everyone affected any way we can."
4:07 a.m. ET, April 16, 2021

At least eight dead in "mass casualty situation"

The scene outside a FedEx facility after a shooting in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 16.
The scene outside a FedEx facility after a shooting in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 16. WISH

Law enforcement were informed of a "mass casualty situation" at a FedEx facility located at 8951 Mirabel Road in Indianapolis late Thursday night.

Two employees inside the building at the time told CNN affiliate WISH-TV that they heard as many as ten gunshots.

At first Jeremiah Miller and Timothy Boillat thought the sound was from a car, but after hearing more, Miller stood up and saw a man with a weapon, he told the station.

"After hearing the shootings I did see a body on the floor behind a vehicle," said Boillat.

The two men left the building and watched about 30 police cars arrive to respond, Boillat said.

Highway shut: The major nearby highway, the I-70, was closed in both direction between I-465 and the Ronald Reagan Parkway due to the police activity, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine. "Please seek alternate routes," he tweeted.

The highway was reopened, although there remains no access to Ameriplex Parkway from either direction, he later tweeted.

3:34 a.m. ET, April 16, 2021

FedEx is working with authorities, spokesperson says

In a statement, FedEx said it was aware of the "tragic shooting" at the Indianapolis facility.

"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," company spokesperson Jim Masilak said in an email to CNN.