US Prosecutor: 'Red Flag' Law Not Used for FedEx Shooter

Indianapolis FedEx shooter bought two weapons used in killings legally last year despite FBI concerns

Indianapolis Police Chief Randal Taylor told The Times he wasn't sure if that sort of hearing even took place previous year but police never gave him back the gun they took away.

Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears told reporters Monday that police questioned the shooter, Brandon Hole, in March 2020 after his mother called police saying he might commit "suicide by cop". Police said the gun was never returned to him.

Mears said that moving forward with the red flag process was risky because if prosecutors lost, they would have had to return the firearm to Hole.

However, despite his mom's warning and the confiscation of his shotgun, he was deemed to be subject to the state's red flag law, where a judge determines if someone is a risky risk and bars them from being able to own a firearm.

Hole purchased two assault-style rifles that were used in the FedEx shooting in July and September of previous year.

IN was one of the first states to enact a red flag law in 2005 after an Indianapolis police officer was killed by a gunman whose firearms were returned to him despite having been previously hospitalized for mental health issues.

Authorities said Hole shot and killed eight people, four of them from the city's Sikh community, at the FedEx facility late Thursday before killing himself.

Krannert Park on Indianapolis’ west side to memorialize the eight people killed in the mass shooting at a Fed Ex warehouse. Behind him members of the Sikh community whose love
Indianapolis FedEx Shooting Suspect Used 2 Assault Rifles He Purchased Legally: Police

The legislation allows police or courts to seize guns from people who show warning signs of violence.

The law is meant to prevent people from purchasing or possessing a firearm if they are found by a judge to present "an imminent risk" to themselves or others.

Authorities would have two weeks after confiscating someone's gun to present a case to a judge on whether or not that person should be able to have a gun for any period of time.

While speaking with officers, Hole "downplayed any suicidal thoughts or plans" but said he felt "sad and depressed and that he would benefit from counselling, according to the report". If a judge were to rule that someone was unfit to own guns, the seizure would stand only for up to a year.

Local media reported that four members of the Sikhs community were killed in the incident, prompting some voices in the community to call for the investigation into the possibility of bias as a motivator in the shooting.

Hole was a former employee at the FedEx facility who left his job a year ago, police said. They said they were not aware of Hole's reason for leaving employment or whether he had tied with any other employee.

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.

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