The gunman was identified as Brandon Hole, 19, who was last employed at the facility in 2020, according to Craig McCartt, assistant chief of the Indianapolis Criminal Investigation Department.
McCartt said Hole’s name appeared in two previous police reports, including one last year following an incident in which a gun was confiscated.
“We can confirm that the perpetrator was a former employee of the facility,” company spokesman Jim Masilak told CNN Friday, declining to name the suspect and directing further questions to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
The shooter opened fire outside and inside a FedEx Ground facility near the main Indianapolis airport Thursday night, killing eight people, wounding several others and running witnesses before killing himself, police said. It was the deadliest shooting in the country since the death of 10 people on March 22nd at a Colorado grocery store.
Investigators try to determine the motive for the shooting.
Hole’s mother told law enforcement in March 2020 that he could attempt “police suicide,” the Indianapolis FBI office said in a statement.
According to Indianapolis FBI Special Agent Paul Keenan, the hole was placed in a “temporary mental health detention center” by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Keenan said a shotgun was confiscated from Hole’s apartment.
“Based on items seen in the suspect’s bedroom at the time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020,” Keenan said in the statement. “During the course of the assessment, no Racial Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified and no criminal violation was found. The shotgun was not returned to the suspect.”
The FBI is helping the police find the suspect’s home
A family member of the alleged shooter has reached out to authorities to warn of the suspect’s potential for violence, according to three law enforcement sources who have been briefed on the matter.
It was not clear when the warning was given, but public relations and the FBI were tracking the publicity, which opened a preliminary investigation of a possible threat.
The FBI eventually completed its investigation into the suspect after concluding that there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed, according to the sources, which failed to specify why federal investigators dropped the matter.
The FBI is helping the Indianapolis Metro Police Department “search the suspect’s home,” Keenan said at a news conference Friday morning.
When asked Friday morning whether witnesses said FedEx or security guards had signs that something like the Friday shooting was about to happen, McCartt said no.
“We’re still working with FedEx Security on anything that might indicate this is going to happen now,” McCartt said Friday.
A police spokeswoman declined to comment on CNN’s coverage.
“Well, once we have clearly identified who he is, we can research further,” said spokeswoman Genae Cook.
CNN’s Ray Sanchez, Kay Jones, Curt Devine, Meredith Edwards and Jason Carroll contributed to this report.