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The Recorder will update this page with statements from politicians and other leaders about the mass shooting at a FedEx facility late April 15.

Indianapolis City-County Council President Vop Osili:

“Last night we saw our law enforcement and emergency responders give their all to save lives and care for survivors following this brutal attack. Following their example, every member of this Council stands ready to do everything in our power to support survivors and loved ones of those impacted by this senseless tragedy.”

Indiana Black Legislative Caucus Chair Robin Shackleford:

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families affected by this tragedy. As we wake up to the news of this devastating act of violence, we are reminded that each day is truly a gift and the IBLC is dedicated to using every day we have to protect the health and lives of all Hoosiers. The IBLC stands with the people of Indianapolis today and every day to offer our support and services during this time of mourning. May we all find comfort in one another as we reflect on the memories of those we have lost.”

Mayor Joe Hogsett:

“This morning, Indianapolis residents are confronted with the horrific news of yet another mass shooting, an act of violence that senselessly claimed the lives of eight of our neighbors. As law enforcement works to learn more about this tragedy, our prayers are with the families of those whose lives were cut short.

“Thank you to all of our city’s first responders for their tireless work overnight. Their quick response provided critical aid to those injured in the shooting and brought a measure of calm to an otherwise chaotic scene.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb:

“This is another heartbreaking day and I’m shaken by the mass shooting at the FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis. Indiana State Police are working with local responders and we will continue to offer any and all resources needed to assist during this tragedy. In times like this, words like justice and sorrow fall short in response for those senselessly taken. Our thoughts are with the families, friends, coworkers and all those affected by this terrible situation. Today, I will order that flags be lower to half-staff from now until sunset on Tuesday, April 20 in remembrance of those we’ve lost.”

Indiana Rep. Andre Carson (in a tweet):

“Hoosiers are waking up to the news of the horrible mass shooting here in Indianapolis. The pain we feel isn’t new. Families and communities touched by gun violence experience it every day here in America. It’s long past time for change. We need gun safety reforms now!”

Faith in Indiana President Rev. Richard Willoughby:

“As religious leaders from diverse faith traditions, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families forever transformed by this mass murder. We, and our communities, are also transformed. Condolences are not enough. Safety is possible for all of us. Governor Holcomb must go beyond thoughts and prayers and fund proven community based solutions to gun violence and pass gun safety laws this session.”

Indianapolis City-County councilor Brian Mowery:

“I am extremely grateful for IMPD and other first responders whose quick response protected and saved the lives of numerous victims in this tragedy. As we wait for more information regarding the incident, I would encourage anyone with direct information or knowledge of the events to contact IMPD at 317-327-3811, or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

“Indianapolis has already experienced so much tragedy and violence this year. This occurrence only strengthens my resolve in working with community partners and leaders to address the rise in violence in our city and the mental health problems that so often underly these events.”

African American Coalition of Indianapolis:

“This incident and all acts of gun violence serve as a reminder that both public policy on guns and mental health must take more prominent roles in our public policy discussions. We appeal for more support for mental health services, education in conflict mediation and other interventions to address emotional trauma. We note that a once in a century pandemic, economic downturn and racial reckoning have all created additional psychological strain on vast segments of our community. Untreated trauma after years of disproportionate levels of homicides and non-fatal shootings have to also be considered.”

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