A 19-year-old former FedEx employee has been identified as the suspect in the mass shooting that left 8 dead

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Authorities confer at the scene where multiple people were shot at the FedEx Ground facility early Friday morning, April 16, 2021, in Indianapolis. A gunman killed eight people and wounded several others before apparently taking his own life in a late-night attack at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said, in the latest in a spate of mass shootings in the United States after a relative lull during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Authorities confer at the scene where multiple people were shot at the FedEx Ground facility early Friday morning, April 16, 2021, in Indianapolis. A gunman killed eight people and wounded several others before apparently taking his own life in a late-night attack at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said, in the latest in a spate of mass shootings in the United States after a relative lull during the pandemic. AP Photo/Michael Conroy
  • The shooting suspect accused of opening fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday has been identified.

  • Authorities named the suspect as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole, a former FedEx employee.

  • The gunman died by suicide after killing eight people at the facility, police said. His motive remains unclear.

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The man suspected of shooting eight people and injuring several others at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday night has been identified as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole of Indiana, police said at a press conference Friday afternoon.

Officials from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said they believe Hole died by suicide following Thursday's shooting at the FedEx processing center near the Indianapolis airport.

A motive for the shooting is unknown, and police and local FBI officials are continuing to investigate. Police said at Friday's press conference that Hole was a former FedEx employee, and was last employed by the company in 2020.

Authorities have searched Hole's home in Indianapolis and seized evidence, including "desktop computers and other electronic media," according to the Associated Press.

Sources told CNN correspondent Ana Cabrera that law enforcement officials knew about the shooting suspect's potential for violence prior to the shooting, and said he was known to both federal and local authorities.

In March 2020, police were called to Hole's home - the same home searched on Friday - and officials seized a shotgun from a "dangerous person," now identified as Hole, according to WTHR.

A police report from the incident, seen by WTHR, said Hole had bought the gun 24 hours prior and reportedly expressed suicidal thoughts. He was later transported to the hospital.

In a statement to Fox 59, FBI Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan said that it was Hole's mother who had contacted police, saying her son may commit "suicide by cop."

Police from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department seized a shotgun and interviewed Hole.

"No Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the course of the assessment and no criminal violation was found. The shotgun was not returned to the suspect," Keenan said.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief Craig McCartt said at a press conference on Friday that Hole "appeared to randomly start shooting" when he opened fire, first in the parking lot and later inside the FedEx facility.

"There was no confrontation with anyone that was there," he said. "There was no disturbance, there was no argument. He just appeared to randomly start shooting."

The eight people who were killed have not yet been publicly identified by officials.

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