Indianapolis FedEx Gunman Was Known By FBI And Investigated In 2020


INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – The individual who was allegedly responsible for the shooting death of eight people at a FedEx facility on Thursday night was the subject of an FBI investigation a year ago, although it appears that he was not currently on their radar as a possible threat. He reportedly committed suicide after Thursday’s shooting, but before responding law enforcement officers could reach him.

The 19-year-old has been identified by authorities as a former employee of the facility. According to a statement released by the FBI’s Indianapolis office on Friday, the man was interviewed by their agents approximately one year ago after his mother called authorities with concerns that her son may try to “commit suicide by cop.”

FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan’s statement said in part, “Based on items observed in the suspect’s bedroom at that time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020. No Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the course of the assessment and no criminal violation was found.”

A police report regarding the 2020 investigation indicated that a pump-action shotgun was seized from the home.  The man was placed on an immediate detention mental health temporary hold by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Keenan added, “The shotgun was not returned to the suspect.”

Investigators spent Friday at a home associated with the suspect, seizing desktop computers and other electronic media. Authorities have not yet speculated a possible motive, the exact type of firearm used, or if it was obtained legally.

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