FedEx Facility Shooting


Adeline Poindexter, Reporter

On April 15, 2021, a shooting occurred at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. The mass shooting killed eight people, injured five, and two people were able to get treated at the scene. Many are mourning the loss of loved ones, and the Indianapolis community is shattered after news of this tragedy.

The FedEx Ground-Plainfield Operation Center in Indianapolis was where the mass shooting was located. Officers heard several reports of gunshots fired, so they quickly investigated the area, where they found deceased workers inside and outside the facility. Criminal Investigator Craig McCartt reported the shooting to be around one to two minutes, just enough time to take eight lives and leave several injured. Some who were injured were able to walk themselves to a local hospital, some were able to be treated at the scene, and several needed immediate medical assistance and were taken to the hospital.

The motive of the suspect is unclear. Investigators are still working to uncover the shooter’s possible motives. After the mass shooting, the suspect took his own life at the scene. Craig McCartt believes the suspect carried a rifle, but believes the number of guns the suspect possessed remains unclear. 

FedEx and local officers are reaching out to the Indianapolis community and are trying to bring unity in a time of struggle. Many officers have reached out to family members whose loved one’s are hospitalized in order to reunite them and offer support. The reunification has been made difficult due to the fact that workers do not carry their cell phones while working. Many families suffered a night of uncertainty, unaware if whether or not their loved ones suffered any injuries or fatalities. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department plans to hold a conference at 10:30 a.m on April 16, 2021, to reach out to families. 

Indiana Senator Mike Graun took to Twitter at 6:47 a.m on April 16, 2021, to address the situation. He tweeted, “Maureen and I just learned of the tragedy in Indianapolis when we woke up. Our hearts are mourning for the individuals who’ve senselessly lost their lives, all of their loved ones, and their co-workers at FedEx who will be dealing with this tragedy for a long time to come.” Graun plans to reach out personally to family members and the Indianapolis community during this time.

FedEx also made a statement regarding the situation on Twitter at 7:23 a.m on April 16, 2021. The company stated, “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the loss of our team members following the tragic shooting at our FedEx ground facility in Indianapolis. Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence.” FedEx believes that safety of their employees are top priority, and claim they will be fully cooperating with authorities. 

At this time, the investigation is still being undergone. The victims and suspect have not been identified to the public, and autopsy reports are going to be done later this week. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department plans to address all concerns and reveal information to the public later today on April 16, 2021.

Works Cited

Rahim, Zamira. “FedEx Facility Shooting Kills 8 in Indianapolis: Live Updates.” CNN, Cable News Network, 16 Apr. 2021,