THE FBI has confirmed that it previously interviewed the gunman suspected of fatally shooting eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis – who has now been pictured for the first time.
Paul Keenan, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis field office, said Friday that the shooter, identified as Brandon Scott Hole, 19, had been questioned by agents last year, after a shotgun was seized from his residence.
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According to Kennan, in March 2020, Hole's mother called the police to say that her son might commit "suicide by cop."
In a statement, he added: "The suspect was placed on an immediate detention mental health temporary hold by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
"A shotgun was seized at his residence. Based on the items observed in the suspect's bedroom at the time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020."
The shotgun was not returned to the suspect, Keenan said, and no racially motivated violent extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the assessment.
Hole was reportedly deemed no further threat to the community when he was released.
The suspected shooter had purchased the shotgun just 24 hours before he was arrested last year.
According to police, a gunman identified as Hole opened fire at a FexEx facility in Indianapolis on Tuesday night, killing eight people before turning the gun on himself.
All eight victims were employees at the facility, police said, and Hole was a former FedEx employee.
Indianapolis Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said that Hole last worked for the company in 2020.
McCartt said he did not know why Hole left the job, but family members told FOX59 he was fired.
Authorities said in a press conference on Friday that Hole was also arrested in 2013 – though it was not made clear for what reason.
McCartt said that investigators do not know the motive of the shooting, adding that the gunman carried out the shooting rampage with a rifle, which they do no know if he purchased legally.
At least seven other people were injured during the shooting spree.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the community must guard against resignation and “the assumption that this is simply how it must be and we might as well get used to it.”
President Joe Biden said he had been briefed on the shooting and called gun violence “an epidemic” in the U.S.
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Thursday's attack was the third mass shooting in Indianapolis this year.
Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed in the city in January, and a man was accused of killing three adults and a child before abducting his daughter during at argument at a home in March.
Elsewhere, eight people were fatally shot in massage businesses across Atlanta last month, and 10 people were shot in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.