INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Multiple people were shot late Thursday night at a FedEx facility on the southwest side near Indianapolis International Airport, police said.
The gunman is believed to have fatally shot himself, said IMPD spokeswoman Genae Cook. Police by 1:15 a.m. Friday had not released any information on how many other people had been shot or their conditions.
Unconfirmed reports said at least five people were dead.
The scene was declared a “mass casualty, Level 1,” according to dispatches. The declaration allowed more emergency responders to go to the scene to provide support.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was sent to reports of shots fired and an active shooter shortly before 11:10 p.m. Thursday at 8951 Mirabel Road. That’s the address of the FedEx facility in a commercial area with a couple of hotels and multiple warehouses just south of the I-70 interchange at AmeriPlex Parkway.
Police did not immediately have information on how many people were shot or their conditions. Unconfirmed reports said at least five people were dead.
Jeremiah Miller had finished a shift at the FedEx facility and was preparing to work a second consecutive shift when he and a coworker, Timothy Boillat, heard gunfire, up to 10 shots.
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Miller said, “This made me stand up and actually look out the entrance door, and I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open. I immediately ducked down and got scared and my friend’s mother, she came in and told us to get inside the car.”
About an hour after the shooting, Miller and Boillat were telling other workers not to come to work for the next shift.
Boillat said, “I didn’t exactly see a person get shot but, after hearing the shooting, I did see a body on the floor behind a vehicle…. Luckily, I was far enough away where he (the shooter) didn’t notice me or see me. So, thank God for that.
I-70 reopened shortly before 1 a.m. Friday after being closed for more than 90 minutes between I-465 and Ronald Reagan Parkway. However, Indiana State Police said, AmeriPlex Parkway was closed south of I-70 and the ramp from the interstate to AmeriPlex Parkway is closed.
Cook said people anyone concerned about family members should go to the Holiday Inn Indianapolis Airport, which is southeast of the FedEx facility.
The FedEx incident is the fourth mass shooting in Indianapolis this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The others were March 15 in the 2300 block of North Harding Street, Feb. 13 in the 3800 block of North Sherman Drive, and Jan. 24 in the 3540 block of Adams Street.