A witness who was outside the FedEx facility in Indianapolis when Brandon Scott Hole, a former FedEx employee, opened fire in the parking lot late Thursday night said one of the victims retrieved a gun from his vehicle and tried to stop the Hole before being shot and killed.
Levi Miller, who works at the plant in Plainfield just outside Indianapolis, was on break when he heard the quick succession of gunshots in the parking lot.
“My friend at the time witnessed a man who was not part of the incident but also pulled out a gun from his truck to try and engage the shooter and he died because of it,” Levi Miller said Friday morning on NBC’s “Today” show.
Hole was previously known to law enforcement. His family was concerned about his behavior and called authorities who confiscated a shotgun he owned in 2020.
Paul Keenan, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis field office, said Friday that agents questioned Hole last year after his mother called police to say that her son might commit “suicide by cop.” He said the FBI was called after items were found in Hole’s bedroom but he did not elaborate on what they were. He said agents found no evidence of a crime and that they did not identify Hole as espousing a racially motivated ideology. A police report obtained by The Associated Press shows that officers seized a pump-action shotgun from Hole’s home after responding to the mother’s call. Keenan said the gun was never returned.
“I saw a man, a hooded figured … the man did have an AR in his hand, and he starting shouting and then he started firing.”
Levi Miller, who works at the FedEx building where a gunman killed at least eight people before taking his own life, tells us about what he experienced. pic.twitter.com/67uLyasWAJ
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Witnesses describe the firearm used Thursday by hole as “an AR” but the type of gun and how he obtained it have not been released by investigators.