THE suspected teen shooter who slaughtered eight at an Indianapolis FedEx facility legally bought the weapons he used — despite fears about his mental health.
Brandon Scott Hole, 19, was identified by police as the gunman who stormed the operations center on Thursday night, killing eight and injuring seven before turning the gun on himself.
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Hole, 19, purchased the two assault rifles in July and September, Indianapolis police said.
But authorities had seized a shotgun from Hole last year after his mother called police, saying she was worried he would try to commit suicide by cop, according to the FBI.
The shotgun was not returned.
Yet the seizure should have prevented Hole, who killed himself following the Thursday night killing spree, from legally buying another weapon, Indianapolis Police Chief Randal Taylor told The New York Times.
Indiana’s “red flag” laws allow a judge to bar someone deemed dangerous from having a firearm.
But it’s unclear if Hole ever had a red flag hearing.
Hole's relatives apologized to the victims' families and said they tried to get help for the 19-year-old, who purchased the two assault rifles legally in July and September last year, Indianapolis police said.
We must support one another, not just in grief, but in calling our policymakers and elected officials to make meaningful change
The family said in a statement: "We are devastated at the loss of life caused as a result of Brandon’s actions; through the love of his family, we tried to get him the help he needed.
"Our sincerest and most heartfelt apologies go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy.
"We are so sorry for the pain and hurt being felt by their families and the entire Indianapolis community."
The shooter pulled the weapon out of his trunk and allegedly started shooting for up to two minutes during a FedEx night shift change, witnesses claimed.
Meanwhile, members of Indianapolis tight-knit Sikh community have joined with city officials to call for gun reforms as they mourned the deaths of four Sikhs who were among the eight people killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse.
A vigil was attended by more than 200 at an Indianapolis park last night.
Aasees Kaur, who represented the Sikh Coalition, spoke out alongside the city's mayor and other elected officials to demand action that would prevent such attacks from happening again.
She said: "We must support one another, not just in grief, but in calling our policymakers and elected officials to make meaningful change.
"The time to act is not later, but now. We are far too many tragedies, too late, in doing so."
The attack was another blow to the Asian American community a month after authorities said six people of Asian descent were killed by a gunman in the Atlanta area and amid ongoing attacks against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kiran Deol, who attended the vigil, said loopholes in the law that make it easier for individuals to buy guns need to be closed now, and emphasized that anyone who tries to buy a firearm should be required to have their background checked.
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