The gunman who killed 8 people and himself last week at a FedEx distribution center near the Indianapolis International Airport legally purchased the two rifles he used in the attack, police said.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department issued a statement late Saturday that said the killer bought the rifles last July and September, and did so in compliance with all necessary background checks and legal expectations.
Authorities reportedly seized a shotgun from the shooter in March of 2020 after his mother tipped off authorities that her son might be planning to commit "suicide by cop."
But even if officials had held that gun and instituted a ban on new purchases for the suspect, employing the state's "red flag" law, Indiana only allows a gun ban to remain in effect for a year. That means officials would have had to return to court to convince a judge that the killer was still a danger to himself or others in order to keep the gun ban in place.
🔦 The massacre in Indianapolis prompted President Joe Biden to order flags flown at half-staff for what is now the fifth time in just eight weeks.