Four Sikhs, among eight, were killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx company center in Indianapolis by a 19-year-old former staff member late on Thursday, 15 April,2021, according to the Sikh Coalition.
Officials, that claimed that a “considerable” number of employees at the parcel and carrier services company are Sikhs, reported that the gunman killed himself after killing eight people as well as injuring at least seven, five of whom were hospitalised.
Reacting to the occurrence, the Ministry of External Affairs of India stated, “Deeply shocked by shooting at FedEx center in Indianapolis. Targets include individuals of Indian American Sikh community. Our Consulate General in Chicago in contact with Mayor as well as regional authorities in Indianapolis as well as community leaders. Will certainly provide all feasible support.”
Sikhs have for long been victims of hate crimes in the United States. According to the FBI’s 2019 hate crime stats– the latest readily available– there were 49 anti-Sikh assaults with 60 targets.
In a declaration, the leadership at FedEx Corporations noted, “The last twenty four hours have actually been some of the most difficult in the history of our business. As we all grieve the heartbreaking loss of 8 team members eliminated in the purposeless physical violence at our FedEx facility in Indianapolis, we wish to again share our deepest acknowledgements to the family members, pals and colleagues of the targets. In this time of pain, we pay our most sincere respects to those lost on the evening of April 15.”
President Joe Biden ordered the nationwide flag to be flown at half-mast at all government centers as well as the United States consular offices abroad. “Gun violence is an epidemic in America,” Biden said in a declaration.