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Randal Taylor, Indianapolis Police chief, gives a speech during a vigil to mourn the eight murdered FedEx Ground employees in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo: Jon Cherry via Getty Images

In a call to the FedEx gunman's house last year, police reported seeing guns and a computer with searches of white supremacist websites, according to recently released information from an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) report.

Why it matters: The 19-year-old gunman killed eight people, half of whom were Sikh, at a FedEx facility last week before dying by a self-inflicted shot. Police have yet to identify a motive.

What happened: Brandon Hole's mother contacted police in March 2020 after he purchased a gun. She told police he was going to point a recently purchased shotgun at police officers so they would shoot him, according to the incident report. 

  • At the Holes' home, officers asked Hole to come downstairs before handcuffing him. "Brandon upon being placed in handcuffs became immediately anxious and stated, 'Please just turn the power strip off on my computer,'" per the incident report.
  • "Officer Humphrey clearing the upstairs and securing the shotgun observed what through his training and experience indicated was white supremacist websites."
  • Hole downplayed any suicidal thoughts or plans but did say he was feeling depressed, IMPD said. Hole later told police he did not want his gun back.
  • Despite his mother's call, Hole never had a so-called "red flag" hearing, which may have prevented him from obtaining the weapons he used in the shooting.

The big picture: The Indianapolis shooting marked the fifth time in eight weeks President Biden ordered flags to fly at half-staff.

  • About 90% of the FedEx facility's employees are members of the local Sikh community, CBS News reports.
  • Attorney General Merrick Garland has warned of a rise in domestic extremism linked to white supremacist and alt-right militia groups.

Go deeper

Indianapolis FedEx shooter never had a "red flag" hearing

People lay flowers in honor of the deceased during a vigil in Indianapolis Sunday. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images

Brandon Hole, the 19-year-old shooter who killed eight people at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis last week, never had a "red flag" hearing in accordance with state law despite a warning from his mother he was showing signs of violence, a prosecutor said at a press conference Monday.

Why it matters: Indiana's "red flag" law allows authorities to seize guns from people who show "warning signs of violence," per AP. Had the shooter appeared before a judge and been found unstable, he may not have been able to purchase the guns used in the mass shooting.

Updated Apr 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

3 killed, 2 wounded overnight in Kenosha bar shooting

Three people died and two others were hospitalized with serious injuries after a gunman opened fire in a bar in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, the police department said in a statement on Sunday.

The latest: Officers arrested a "person of interest" Sunday afternoon in connection with the 12:42 a.m. shooting and there's "no threat to the community at this time," per a police statement.

Updated Apr 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

3 dead after Austin shooting, suspect still at large

Law enforcement were searching for a former sheriff's deputy Sunday night, after three adults were fatally shot in the Great Hills Trail neighborhood of Austin, Texas, police said.

The latest: Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said at an evening news conference residents no longer needed to shelter in place but should "remain vigilant," as officers searched for suspect Stephen Broderick, 41, following Sunday morning's shooting that killed a Hispanic woman and two Black men.