Watch: Indianapolis mayor discusses "extraordinary proliferation of guns" after FedEx shooting

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Apr 17th, 2021 12:29 pm

Last Updated Apr 19th, 2021 at 11:48 pm

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), and the FBI held a press conference on Friday to address the shooting at a FedEx facility on Thursday night.

"Indianapolis was revisited by the scourge of gun violence that has killed far too many in our community, and in our country," Hogsett said at the beginning of the press conference.

IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said the crime scene "remains active." Deputy Chief Craig McCartt shared limited details of the crime scene investigation.

Later in the press conference, Hogsett discussed "what [he] would like to see be done legislatively."

"I would point out that just last week I signed on to a letter from over 150 mayors around the country, asking for the United States Senate to consider legislation that would expand background checks to be required when firearms are transferred between private citizens and to close the Charleston loophole which allows federally licensed firearm dealers to transfer guns to customers before an adequate background check is completed," Hogsett said.

A reporter also asked Hogsett how the community would "heal from this."

"The community needs to engage in serious conversations, and not just our community, but conversations need to be held around our country," Hogsett said.

"Those conversations need to be driven by the extraordinary proliferation of guns and cycles of violence that in 147 instances already this year have plagued communities around our country. And, unfortunately, for the city of Indianapolis, this is the third mass killing that we have experienced [in 2021]."

"The process of healing will take time, but I think healing depends on meaningful conversations between people about how we stop this cycle of violence that's driven by readily accessible guns. I certainly intend to lead in that regard."


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