The shooter a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally bought the two assault rifles he used in the attack a few months after police seized his shotgun.
According to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Chief Randal Taylor last April 17, Brandon Scott Hole purchased the firearms in July and September 2020, after the police took a shotgun from him in March 2020 following a call from his mother over mental health concerns.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had questioned Hole last year after his mother reported he might commit a “suicide by cop,” leading police to seize his pump-action shotgun.
Taylor said that the legal purchase indicated that authorities had not subjected Hole to Indiana’s so-called red flag law, which was designed to prevent people from possessing a firearm if a judge found them to be a threat.
IMPD stated on Twitter that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives traced the weapons Hole used in the massacre last April 15, killing eight people and injuring five.
The police did not specify where the weapons were bought, citing that the investigation is still ongoing.
IMPD Spokesperson Genae Cook said that details regarding the make, model, and caliber of the weapons will not be released until the investigation is complete.
Authorities are also investigating if hate or racial bias motivated Hole, who worked at the facility from August to October last year.
Among the victims were four members of the Sikh community, Taylor said, adding that the facility employs a “significant” number of employees belonging in that community.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74 .