Washington, Apr 17 (EFE).- The family of the shooting suspect in Indianapolis, Indiana, which left eight dead said Saturday that they tried to give him “the help he needed,” after it emerged that he had been spent time in a psychiatric detention center.
In a brief statement, relatives of Brandon Hole, 19, who committed suicide after the attack, expressed their “most sincere and heartfelt apologies” to the victims, their families and Indianapolis residents for “this senseless tragedy.”
“We are devastated by the loss of life caused by Brandon’s actions; through the love of his family, we tried to give him the help he needed,” they said in a written statement.
According to police, Hole indiscriminately opened fire Thursday night at a warehouse of postal services company FedEx, where he killed eight people and injured five, before shooting himself.
Authorities on Friday finished identifying fatalities, four of whom were members of the Sikh community, a religious group originating in the state of Punjab, India.
Several vigils were being held Saturday in tribute to the victims in different parts of Indianapolis, such as West Side Park and in front of City Hall.
A statement by the Federal Bureau of Investigation cited Friday by CNN, said Hole had temporarily been held in a psychiatric detention center in the past and that a firearm had been seized from him at the time.
His mother told the bureau in March 2020 that her son might attempt suicide by behaving in a threatening manner so that security forces would neutralize him.
Hole was questioned a month later by the bureau, which did not see any “racially motivated violent extremism” or found him to have committed any crime, although the seized weapon was confiscated. EFE