Indianapolis FedEx Employees Say Mass Shooter Used Automatic Rifle

Two men who said they worked for the Indianapolis FedEx facility and experienced a mass shooting on Thursday night recounted the scene they witnessed to reporters.

The shooting has left at least eight people dead and dozens more injured. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said that the gunman had taken his own life.

In a Facebook Live broadcast by Indy First Alert, Jeremiah Miller and Timothy Boillat, who said they worked at the FedEx Ground facility on Mirabel Road, reported hearing gunshots after Miller finished his shift.

"I'm with my friend here and by the time we sit down at the smoke lounge and we start eating, we hear two gunshots and we think it's a car—a muffler—and so we ignore it," Miller said. "We hear three shots after that, we start thinking it's an engine problem."

He continued: "Then we start hearing six to around 10 shots. This made me stand up and actually look at the entrance door and I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open."

Miller said he "got scared" and proceeded to "immediately duck down."

Boillat said he did not see people get shot, but saw a "body on the floor behind a vehicle." He also alleged another man attempted to neutralize the gunman with a weapon of his own.

"I'm almost positive that there was one guy trying to be a hero, went to the back of his car to get another gun and obviously 9 out of 10, that doesn't go the way you think it does in real life," he said, without elaborating.

Later in the broadcast, Miller said the shooting "started off in the parking lot, and it went into the building and then it went back into the parking lot."

"People were driving away, but then he started shooting at the cars driving away," he said. "I ended up seeing multiple cars coming in and this one Black lady, she was crying and she was telling everyone to not go, to not go."

Miller said he was unsure about the race of the gunman.

"What we've been doing is currently just telling everyone who is our coworkers to not come, to not go to work today," he said.

In a statement, FedEx said it was "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. The safety of our team members is our top priority, and we are fully co-operating with investigating authorities."

Update 5:40 a.m. ET: This article was updated with additional statements by the witnesses.

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— John Curtis (@Johnmcurtis) April 16, 2021
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