The nation was rocked by another deadly mass shooting this week when eight FedEx employees and the suspected gunman were killed at a facility in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday.
According to reports, the suspect’s mother had previously reached out to law enforcement to report that her son could pose a threat, leading to a subsequent FBI interview of the teen.
“He was interviewed by the FBI”
In a statement on Friday, FBI special agent Paul Keenan confirmed that he was “placed on immediate detention mental health temporary hold by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department” as a result of that earlier report.
“A shotgun was seized at his residence,” the agent continued. “Based on items observed in the suspect’s bedroom at that time, he was interviewed by the FBI in April 2020.”
Fox News later reported that the alleged shooter was identified as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole, a former FedEx employee.
As for his prior mental health examination, Keenan affirmed: “No Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology was identified during the course of the assessment and no criminal violation was found.”
One witness at the scene of the shooting recalled seeing “no confrontation with anyone that was there, there was no disturbance, there was no argument” prior to the first gunshots.
“Even prior to American history”
“He just appeared to randomly start shooting and that began in the parking lot and then he did go into the facility for a brief period of time before he took his own life,” the individual said.
The shooting marked just the latest in a string of massacres prompting many progressives to advocate for additional restrictions on gun ownership.
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden announced a series of new executive actions, including a ban on the sale of kits used to assemble firearms at home.
While gun control advocates argue that more sweeping measures are needed, a number of prominent Republicans contend that such efforts could result in harming those individuals who Democrats purportedly hope to protect.
“Very often, inevitably in American history but even prior to American history, we’ve seen it’s rarely the empowered, very rarely the wealthy or those with political connections to the government, who have their rights interfered with,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said last month.