At least 30 people have been killed in US mass shootings in the last month alone, reigniting a fiery debate over gun control and the USA constitutional right to bear arms as the country struggles to emerge from a lingering coronavirus pandemic. Several people were also wounded, including five taken to the hospital.
Cook said police responded to reports of gunfire just after 11 p.m. ET on Thursday and officers "came in contact with [an] active shooter incident".
Police said 10 people suffered critical injuries, more than 20 people suffered serious injuries, and more than 30 people were wounded but still able to walk.
"We are aware of the tragic shooting at our ground facility near the Indianapolis airport", the company said in a statement.
FedEx released a statement early Friday saying it is cooperating with authorities and working to get more information.
Police spokeswoman Genae Cook told reporters officers found an "active shooter incident" at a Fedex facility near the city's worldwide airport, and believe the gunman died by suicide. "I immediately ducked down and got scared and my friend's mother, she came in and told us to get inside the auto".
Police said multiple people had been shot but did not confirm the number or their status.
"Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected".
The families' agonizing waiting was exacerbated by the fact that most employees aren't allowed to carry cellphones inside the FedEx building, making contact with them hard. According to one count, the USA has had 45 mass shootings - defined as an incident that results in four or more casualties (dead or wounded) over the past month. Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed 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.
"Our most heartfelt sympathies are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence".
"Too many Americans are dying every single day from gun violence".
Traffic on a nearby portion of Interstate 70 was briefly closed, Sgt. John Perrine of the Indiana State Police wrote on Twitter.
A witness said that he was working inside the building when he heard several gunshots in rapid succession.
Miller said he saw a man with what he described as "a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle".
Another man told WTTV that his niece was sitting in her vehicle in the driver's seat when the gunfire erupted, and she was wounded.
"She got shot on her left arm", Parminder Singh said.