Families of 5 Killed in Indiana FedEx Shooting File Trial

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Relatives of five of eight people who were fatally shot last year at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis by a former employee sued the shipping giant and a security firm on Monday, accusing them of negligence and not ensuring the workplace was safe.

The federal lawsuit, which names FedEx Corporation, three of its operating units and Securitas Security Services USA as defendants, alleges that shooter Brandon Scott Hole, 19, had “shown emotional and mental instability on multiple occasions” before the 15 April 2021, filming.

The lawsuit argues that the defendants “knew or should have known of Hole’s potentially violent and dangerous propensities which were reasonably likely to result in injury to himself and others.”

The families’ lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, seeks unspecified damages.

The plaintiffs are relatives of shooting victims Amarjeet Johal, 66; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Jasvinder Kaur, 50; John Weisert, 74; and Karli Smith, 19.

The families of the other three people killed – Matthew R Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; and Jaswinder Singh, 68 – are not involved in the lawsuit.

Johal’s youngest son, Gary Johal, said the pain and grief remains with him and his loved ones nearly a year after his death.

“It sucks that we have to go through this when this whole incident was 100% preventable,” he said at a press conference with two of the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

The lawsuit alleges FedEx should have taken additional security measures to protect personnel at the Indianapolis facility in light of previous mass shootings at other FedEx facilities, including an April 2014 shooting at a mall. FedEx in an Atlanta suburb where a gunman injured six people.

After Hole arrived at the Indianapolis facility, he confronted Securitas security personnel and “began knocking on a door and causing a disturbance,” according to the lawsuit, which also argues the actions should have be recognized as those of a potentially dangerous person.

The lawsuit accuses Securitas of failing to adequately train its personnel to respond to dangerous or potentially dangerous situations, and of failing to realize that Hole was “a potential threat.”

After being denied entry to the building, the suit says, Hole returned to his car and opened fire minutes later in the parking lot and then at the entrance to the facility, killing all eight victims. and injuring five other people.

“Obviously there wasn’t enough in place,” said Melvin L. Hewitt, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys. “We are of the opinion that it was entirely avoidable.”

FedEx said in a statement that it is aware of the lawsuit and is reviewing the allegations. The company added that it continues “to mourn the loss of our team members in this senseless tragedy.”

Securitas Security Services USA said it does not comment on pending litigation.

Indianapolis police and federal authorities said at a news conference in July 2021 that Hole, a former FedEx employee, acted alone and used the attack as an act of “suicidal murder.” Four of the victims were Sikhs, but authorities said the attack was not motivated by race or ethnicity and that Hole believed he would “demonstrate his masculinity and ability” while fulfilling a dying wish for experience killing people.

Hole was able to legally purchase the two guns he used in the shooting, even after his mother called police in March 2020 to say her son may be attempting “cop suicide”. Police seized a shotgun from Hole, then 18, while responding to his mother’s call.

Lawyers for the victims say the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office failed to follow Indiana’s red flag law when they decided not to press charges. in court to suspend Hole’s gun rights in March 2020.

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