Last Updated on April 20, 2021 by Cass County Online
INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding last night’s mass shooting:
“This is another heartbreaking day and I’m shaken by the mass shooting at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Indiana State Police are working with local responders and we will continue to offer any and all resources needed to assist during this tragedy. In times like this, words like justice and sorrow fall short in response for those senselessly taken. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, coworkers and all those affected by this terrible situation.
“Today, I will order that flags be lowered to half-staff from now until sunset on Tuesday, April 20 in remembrance of those we’ve lost.”
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch offered the following statement regarding last night’s mass shooting:
“There are Hoosiers who will no longer be with us, and there are families who will never recover because of last night’s senseless act of violence. My sincerest thoughts and prayers go to the families, friends and coworkers at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. I am thankful for our first responders who acted swiftly to come to the aid of Hoosiers, and I know our law enforcement officers at the local, state and federal levels will use all resources necessary while they work through this tragic event.”
Statement from President Joe Biden on the Mass Shooting in Indianapolis, Indiana
Vice President Harris and I have been briefed by our homeland security team on the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, where a lone gunman murdered eight people and wounded several more in the dark of night.
Today’s briefing is just the latest in a string of tragedies, following closely after gunmen firing bullets in broad day light at spas in and around Atlanta, Georgia, a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, a home in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and so many other shootings.
While we await critical details about the shooting, its motivation, and other key information, once again, I have the solemn duty of ordering the flag lowered at half-staff at the White House, public buildings and grounds, and military posts and embassies, just two weeks after I gave the last such order.
It’s a mass shooting just a week after we met, in the Rose Garden, with families who lost children and dear friends as bullets pierced their bodies and souls in schools, a night club, in a car at a gas station, and a town meeting at a grocery store. And it came just the night before 14th anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tech, in which a gunman murdered 32 people.
Last night and into the morning in Indianapolis, yet again families had to wait to hear word about the fate of their loved ones. What a cruel wait and fate that has become too normal and happens every day somewhere in our nation.
Gun violence is an epidemic in America. But we should not accept it. We must act.
Last week, I called on the Justice Department to better protect Americans from gun violence. I also urged Congress to hear the call of the American people – including the vast majority of gun owners – to enact commonsense gun violence prevention legislation, like universal background checks and a ban of weapons of war and high-capacity magazines.
Too many Americans are dying every single day from gun violence. It stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation.
We can, and must, do more to act and to save lives.
God bless the eight fellow Americans we lost in Indianapolis and their loved ones, and we pray for the wounded for their recovery.
Read the Presidential Proclamation honoring the victims here.
U.S. Senator Mike Braun offered the following statement regarding last night’s mass shooting:
“Maureen and I just learned of the tragedy in Indianapolis when we woke up. Our hearts are mourning for the individuals who’ve senselessly lost their lives, all of their loved ones, and their co-workers at FedEx who will be dealing with this tragedy for a long time to come.
“Thank you to the members of law enforcement who put their lives on the line and responded heroically to this situation.”
State Senators Greg Taylor, J.D. Ford, Jean Breaux and Fady Qaddoura issued the following joint statement this morning in response to the horrific and senseless act of gun violence that occurred last night.
“Last night, families across our community lost eight loved ones to another senseless act of gun violence. The mass shooting last night at an Indianapolis FedEx facility is heartbreaking, and our hearts and concern go out to the families of those who were lost. We will continue to hope that those who were injured make a full recovery. This absolutely is not something our families should have to live through.
“We are staying in communication with local authorities while we wait for all the facts to come out. What is certain is that our state must stop turning a blind eye to the amount of gun violence in Indiana. It has long been time to act to reduce the prevalence of guns in our communities.”