Hole "appeared to randomly start shooting", said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief Craig McCartt during a Friday press conference.
Four members of the Sikh faith - three women and a man - were among the dead in Thursday night's shooting spree, and at least one Sikh individual was wounded, said Gurinder Singh Khalsa, a businessman and leader of the local Sikh community who said he was briefed by victims' families.
During a time of escalated attacks on ethnic groups like Asians and others, the Sikh community on Long Island says some have felt targeted and are afraid. He said both Kaur and Amarjit Sekhon both began working at the FedEx facility last November.
The coalition says about 500,000 Sikhs live in the U.S. Many practicing Sikhs are visually distinguishable by their articles of faith, which include the unshorn hair and turban. Cook said officials do not believe there is an active threat to the community.
FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said it would be premature to speculate on the motive of the gunman in Indianapolis, a 19-year-old former FedEx employee.
The Indianapolis carnage follows a spate of mass shootings across the U.S. in recent weeks, including at an office building in southern California, a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado and at several spas in Atlanta, Georgia where eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were killed.
In 2012, a lone white, male gunman shot and killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in what authorities said was a domestic terrorism incident. Investigators searched a home in Indianapolis associated with Hole and seized evidence, including desktop computers and other electronic media, McCartt said.
The Associated Press obtained a police report from the incident past year and say officers seized a pump-action shotgun from the man's home. Keenan said the gun was never returned. Previous year during the same time period, there were 85. Johal had planned to work a double shift Thursday so she could take Friday off, according to the grandson, who would not give his full name but identifies himself as "Komal" on his Twitter page. Teammates posted on Facebook that Blackwell "was always smiling and cracking jokes".
"As an intelligent, straight A student, Samaria could have done anything she chose to put her mind to, and because she loved helping people, she dreamed of becoming a police officer". Family friends have organized a fundraiser for the Blackwell family to assist with funeral expenses. "Words can't even explain how I feel".
Amarjit Sekhon, a 48-year-old mother of two sons, was the breadwinner of her family and one of many members of Indianapolis' tight knit Sikh community employed at a FedEx warehouse on the city's southwest side. The couple was married almost 50 years. FedEx confirmed that he was a former employee. He said he did not know why Hole left the job or if he had ties to the workers in the facility.
"You deserved so much better than this", a man who identified himself as the grandson of Johal tweeted Friday evening. He said police have not yet uncovered a motive for the shooting.
The Indianapolis shooting is the latest in a series of gun massacres in the United States.