As news of the shooting spread, FedEx employees and their family members complained on Twitter that the company’s policy of not allowing employees to keep cellphones on them during work hours had left family members questioning whether their loved ones were safe. Details continued to emerge about the shooting early Friday, but the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said at least eight people were killed. Officer Genae Cook said during a press conference Thursday night that the gunman was believed to have died by suicide.
—Red Wish 😷 👓 (@RedWishDotCom) April 16, 2021 Heather Wilson, a communications advisor with FedEx, told Insider: “Our focus at this time is on the safety and well-being of our team members and cooperating with investigators.”
—Courtney Crown (@CrownJournalist) April 16, 2021 The shooting took place at FedEx’s ground facility at 8951 Mirabel Road, near Indianapolis International Airport. The facility is more than 328,000 square feet, according to RealityTrac.
Family members gathering there told the IndyStar reporter Sarah Nelson that employees were not allowed to keep phones on them while working. Because most employees didn’t have cellphones on them at the time of the shooting, authorities told the workers’ relatives to gather at a nearby Holiday Inn to wait for further instruction.
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