Four persons of the Sikh community were also killed in the firing incident at the FedEx Company campus in Indiana province of the US. Apart from this, three other people were also killed and five people were injured. The gunman attacker has been identified as 19-year-old Brendan Scott Hole of Indiana, who allegedly shot himself after firing at the FedEx company’s premises in Indianapolis. Angry, fear, and anxiety have been expressed by the families of the victims over this firing incident.
More than 90 percent of the employees working on the campus are of Indian origin.
More than 90 percent of the employees working in this campus of the delivery service provider company are said to be Indian citizens of Indian origin, mostly from the Sikh community. Gurinder Singh Khalsa, the leader of the Sikh community, said after meeting the family members of the FedEx campus employees, “It is very sad.” The Sikh community was hurt by the tragic incident. Late last night, the Marion County Coroner’s Office and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) gave the names of the dead. These include Amarjeet Johal, Jaswinder Kaur, Amarjeet and Jaswinder Singh. Of these, the first three names are of women.
The assailant shot himself before the police arrived
The IMPD said the coroner’s office would find out the cause of the incident. It said that another person from the Sikh community, Harpreet Singh Gill, was shot near the eye and is currently in the hospital. It is being told that the attacker shot himself before the police arrived at the scene. FedEx has confirmed that the attacker was a former employee of the company in Indianapolis. Further information is awaited.
President and Vice President expressed grief
US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have mourned the tragic event. “Vice President Harris and I have been informed of the shooting incident in Indianapolis by the team at Homeland Security,” Biden said in a statement. Biden has ordered the national flag to be half-hoisted at the White House and other federal buildings in honor of the dead. Vice President Kamala Harris told reporters, “There are families in our country who have lost their families due to violence.” Of course, there should be an end to this violence. We are concerned about the families who have lost their loved ones.
Yoshihide Suga also expressed condolences
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who visited the US, expressed condolences to the families of the dead at the beginning of the meeting at the White House. He said innocent citizens should not be victims of such violence. Freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law are global values that unite us and persist in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Sikh community demanded strong action
Sikh community leader Gurinder Singh Khalsa said that the community leaders are in touch with the authorities. He said, the Sikh community has suffered a lot since 9/11. The time has come when stringent steps should be taken to prevent such incidents of firing. Enough is enough. About 10 thousand people of the Sikh community live in Indiana.