Four Sikhs were among the eight people killed in the FedEx shooting in the United States. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said today that India will provide “all possible assistance” to local authorities and community leaders in Indianapolis, where at least eight people, including four Sikhs, were killed after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility on Thursday night.
According to reports, around 90% of the staff at this delivery service facility are Indian-Americans, mainly from the Sikh community. By Associated Press, this was at least the third mass shooting in Indianapolis this year.The victims’ names were released late Friday night by the Marion County Coroner’s Office and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department: Amarjeet Johal, Jasvinder Kaur, Amarjit Skhon, and Jaswinder Singh. According to the news agency PTI, the first three victims were women.
Brandon Hole, 19, has been named as the gunman. He shot himself before being apprehended, and the police have no idea why he opened fire.Mr. S. Jaishankar said “The shooting at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis has left me speechless. People from the Indian American Sikh community are among the victims. In Indianapolis, our Consulate General in Chicago is in contact with the mayor and city officials, as well as community leaders”.
Harpreet Gill, an American citizen of Indian descent from Amritsar’s Jagdev Kalan, was injured in the incident. He received a blow to the head. Harpreet was the first to notice that FedEx was shooting. As he ran outside, a bullet struck him in the head. He is currently undergoing surgery. The bullet is two and a half inches from the eye.
The Indian embassy in Washington, DC, expressed its sincere condolences to the families of those who died and prayed for “a speedy recovery of those wounded.”
“Our Consulate in Chicago is in contact with local authorities in Indianapolis, as well as community leaders, and will provide all necessary assistance,” the statement said. “The Consul General has spoken with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, who has pledged his full support. We are keeping a close eye on the situation and are prepared to help in whatever way we can.”
The incident was described as a “national embarrassment” by US President Joe Biden yesterday. The White House announced that all US flags would be flown at half-staff until April 20 in honor of the victims. This extends to US embassies, military bases, and other international services.
Four Sikhs were among the eight people killed in the FedEx shooting in the United States
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