The family of a man suspected of killing eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis has issued a statement following the tragic shooting.
They apologised to the victims of the tragedy and said they tried to get help for Brandon Scott Hole, 19, who reportedly purchased the two assault rifles legally in July and September last year, Indianapolis police say.
The family said in a statement: “We are devastated at the loss of life caused as a result of Brandon’s actions; through the love of his family, we tried to get him the help he needed.
“Our sincerest and most heartfelt apologies go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy.
“We are so sorry for the pain and hurt being felt by their families and the entire Indianapolis community.”
The shooter pulled the weapon out of his trunk and allegedly started shooting for up to two minutes during a FedEx night shift change, witnesses claimed.
Police have not yet confirmed a motive for the shooting.
After the shooting, Indianapolis police spokesman Genae Cook told reporters: “Today it is very heartbreaking and, you know, in the Annapolis Metro Police Department, the officers responded, they came in, they went in and they did their job.
“And a lot of them are trying to face this because this is a sight that no one should ever have to see.”
The incident came a week after President Joe Biden branded US gun violence an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment”.
Today, a vigil was held for the innocent victims of the shooting.
A small crowd gathered in the afternoon in Indianapolis to mourn after authorities released the names of the eight people Hole killed.
A mother from US activist group Moms Demand Action, who represent mothers who have lost their children to gun violence, spoke at the vigil to reflect and pray together.
Deandra Dycus, whose 13-year-old son was injured after being hit by a stray bullet, led the vigil.
“It is okay not to be okay and feel free to reach out to any of us in those moments when you are not okay,” she told the crowd.
“To those who haven‘t been impacted by gun violence directly as we have, I salute you for being here and wanted to stand up to this cause, this monster, this beast, this demon that is terrorising us.
“So I thank you and I appreciate you for joining us in this fight.
“We are doing this in the hope that you will never have to walk in our shoes.
“My heart just goes out to the mums and the families because when we see it, we hurt all over again.”
This article originally appeared in The US Sun and was republished with permission