The FBI said agents had questioned Hole previous year after his mother called police to say her son might commit "suicide by cop". The mother told police that her son became angry, struck her in the arm with a closed fist and told her to "shut up" when she had asked what he was going to do with the gun.
Authorities believed they had done what they needed to by seizing the pump-action shotgun from Brandon Scott Hole in March 2020, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said. One of the officers went upstairs to seize the shotgun and "observed what through his training and experience indicated was white supremist (sic) websites" on Hole's computer, the report said. "But the risk is if we move forward with that (red flag) process and lose, we have to give that firearm back to that person", Mears said.
Hole purchased two assault-style rifles that were used in the FedEx shooting in July and September of a year ago.
A single bouquet of flower sits in the rocks across the street from the FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 17, 2021 where eight people were shot and killed.
Under Indiana's "Red Flag" law the courts have the power to seize weapons from people who display warning signs of violence. If a judge ruled him unsafe or incompetent, however, he should have been barred from buying another gun.
Four surviving victims who suffered injuries consistent with gunshot wounds were transported to various local hospitals.
"This shooter had a shotgun confiscated, but he was still able to get his hands on rifles", Dhaliwal said".
"Horrific events like Thursday's shooting call us to action", Kaur said. They said they were not aware of Hole's reason for leaving employment or whether he had tied with any other employee.
Police said the shooting lasted less than four minutes and was over by the time they arrived on scene.
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.
The shooting is the deadliest incident of violence collectively in the Sikh community in the USA since 2012, when a white supremacist burst into a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and shot 10 people, killing seven.