Indianapolis Gunman did not commit a hate crime, investigators say

The gunman who killed eight people in a FedEx Corp.

The Indianapolis installation in April was likely not motivated by prejudice or racism, investigators said Wednesday.

Investigators interviewed more than 100 people, executed more than 20 search warrants and combed 175,000 computer files belonging to the shooter for months before determining that the shooting was not a hate crime.

“The shooter does not appear to have been motivated by bias or a desire to advance an ideology,” Paul Keenan, the special agent in charge of the Indianapolis FBI, said at a press conference Wednesday.

Brandon Scott Hole, 19, who was white, killed eight people, including at least four members of the Sikh community, raising questions about his motivation. The shooting came just weeks after a white gunman killed eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors, including six women of Asian descent, and deepened the national conversation about racism and the recent rise in anti-Asian sectarianism.

The Indianapolis gunman sought to prove his masculinity to himself by experiencing what it was like to kill other people and then commit suicide, investigators determined. He targeted the FedEx facility because he had been employed there and knew its location and working conditions. He had been thinking of alternative sites to attack in the roughly nine months he spent planning, they said.

“This was an act of suicidal murder in which the shooter decided to kill himself in a way that he believed would demonstrate his masculinity and abilities while also fulfilling a final desire to experience killing. people, ”Special Agent Keenan said.

Police identified Brandon Hole, 19, as the suspect in a shooting that killed eight people and injured several others at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis in mid-April. Hole was a former FedEx employee, police said. Photo credit: Jeff Dean / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images

The shooter had already been questioned by the authorities. In March 2020, his mother said she feared he might try to “commit suicide by a cop” and authorities confiscated a shotgun from him and temporarily sent him to a local hospital. They found no indication that he had committed a crime, and he was released. It is not known how he was able to purchase firearms after the confiscation.

He worked at the FedEx facility for two months in late 2020 and purchased guns used in the shooting during the summer and fall of that year, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Investigators found 200 files related to WWII Nazis on the gunman’s computer, but he did not appear to have these files for overtly racist purposes.

Separately, investigators found that the gunman in the Atlanta spa shooting was not motivated by racism but rather by sexual compulsions.

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