A gunman killed eight people and then himself at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late Thursday night, authorities said.
Officers responded just after 11 p.m. to reports of shots fired. When officers arrived at the scene they came in contact with an active shooter. The gunman then apparently killed himself.
“The (gunman) came into the parking lot, and I believe he exited his vehicle and quickly began shooting. … The first shooting occurred in the parking lot, and then he went inside and did not get very far (inside),” Indianapolis police Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said in a statement.
McCartt said police believe the gunman used a rifle.
Five people were hospitalized after the shooting, one with critical injuries, police said.
McCartt said the five people taken to hospitals are all believed to be in stable condition.
Gunman has not been positively identified yet, police say.
McCartt said early Friday that officers still knew “very little.” The FBI is now assisting with the investigation.
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