A former FedEx employee fatally shot eight people and wounded several others at the delivery company's facility in the U.S. city of Indianapolis before killing himself, authorities said Friday after the latest mass shooting to jolt the country.
Officials with the coroner's office began the process of identifying victims on Friday afternoon, a process they said would take several hours.
It lasted only a couple of minutes and was over by the time police responded to the scene, Craig McCartt, the Indianapolis police department's deputy chief, told a news briefing on Friday.
Police have not identified the shooter or said whether he was an employee at the facility. In this month alone, there have been at least seven deadly mass shootings in the country.
A nearby the Holiday Inn Express was turned into a reunification sight for the FedEx workers and their families, who received information on the shooting - and on the safety of their relatives - from police.
"Too many Americans are dying every single day from gun violence", he said.
The global parcel firm is thought to employ hundreds at the site - many of whom were witnesses, and a smaller number believed to be among the victims, on Thursday.
The identity of the shooter and their motive is not yet known.
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Two employees inside the building at the time said that they heard 10 gunshots.
Five people were hospitalised after the shooting, including one with critical injuries, police spokesperson Genae Cook said. Two others were treated at the scene.
President Joe Biden said he had been briefed on the shooting and called gun violence "an epidemic" in the US.
"I see a man come out with a rifle in his hand and he starts firing and he starts yelling stuff that I could not understand", Levi Miller told WTHR-TV.
That was followed by the killing of ten people including a police officer by a Syrian immigrant in Boulder, Colorado State. "I thought he saw me and so I immediately ducked for cover", he added.
Biden, who has faced pressure to call more forcefully for gun control measures, said in his Friday statement that it's up to Congress act next, including on some gun control legislation that has already been passed by the House.
That came less than a week after a man shot and killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at spas in Atlanta, Georgia. "I panicked and started reversing from the parking lot as fast as I could", she said.
After diving up to the building, the shooter went inside but "did not get very far into the facility at all", in part thanks to metal detectors at its entrance, according to Mr McCartt.