Indianapolis Shooter Brandon Hole Legally Bought Weapons Used in Massacre

Brandon Hole, the suspect who shot and killed several people during a mass shooting Thursday night at a FedEx facility outside of the Indianapolis airport, legally bought the weapons used during his massacre, the Indianapolis police said Saturday night.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) stated that Hole legally obtained those weapons, according to a search by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

UPDATE-During Thursday’s incident, the suspect, Brandon Hole, was witnessed using assault rifles in the assault.  ATF conducted a trace on the two weapons.  IMPD learned that Brandon Hole purchased the rifles legally in July and September of 2020.

— IMPD (@IMPDnews) April 18, 2021

"UPDATE-During Thursday's incident, the suspect, Brandon Hole, was witnessed using assault rifles in the assault. ATF conducted a trace on the two weapons. IMPD learned that Brandon Hole purchased the rifles legally in July and September of 2020," the IMPD stated Saturday night.

A FedEx spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek over the weekend that Brandon Scott Hole was a former employee of the company and that he had been previously employed with the company.

Hole, 19, reportedly began firing upon people in the company's parking lot Thursday night, then he allegedly entered the building and began firing upon others. At least eight people are dead from the massacre on Thursday, including Hole's self-inflicted gun wound.

At least half of the victims were of Sikh descent, and the Sikh Coalition has called for an investigation into possible hate crime. The Sikh Coalition offered condolences to families of four of its members.

"We are still working to identify others who were injured and killed on Thursday night. I have several family members who work at the particular facility and are traumatized. My nani, my family, and our families should not feel unsafe at work, at their place of worship, or anywhere. Enough is enough—our community has been through enough trauma," one family member of a victim wrote after the incident occurred.

Satjeet Kaur, who's the Sikh Coalition executive director, said Brandon Scott Hole may have entered the facility with malcontent Thursday night, and with anti-Sikh bias, as many employees in the complex are Sikh workers.

"While we don't yet know the motive of the shooter, he targeted a facility known to be heavily populated by Sikh employees," Kaur said. "[T]he attack is traumatic for our community as we continue to face senseless violence. Further traumatizing is the reality that many of these community members, like Sikhs we have worked with in the past, will eventually have to return to the place where their lives were almost taken from them."

FedEx shooting in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 16: A police officer cordons off a road leading to the FedEx parking lot with caution tape on April 16, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The area is the scene of a mass shooting at FedEx Ground Facility that left at least eight people dead and five wounded on the evening of April 15. Jon Cherry/Getty Images/Getty Images