The 19-year-old who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late Thursday night purchased the two assault rifles used in the attack legally months after being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation due to his potential for violence, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Hole purchased two assault-style rifles that were used in the FedEx shooting in July and September of a year ago. Keenan said they did not find that Hole possessed "Racially Motivated Violent Extremism (RMVE) ideology".
Yet months earlier, in March 2020, Hole's mother told law enforcement that he might try to "commit suicide by cop", the FBI Indianapolis office said in a statement.
The FBI interviewed him a month later in April 2020.
However, despite his mom's warning and the confiscation of his shotgun, he was deemed to be subject to the state's red flag law, where a judge determines if someone is a unsafe risk and bars them from being able to own a firearm.
Taylor told the Times he wasn't sure if there was a hearing over the March incident despite police not returning the seized gun. It's unclear if a judge ever ruled on a red flag case against Hole or if prosecutors even presented a case, The Times reported.
On Saturday, Hole's family issued an apology to the victims and claimed that the family attempted to get the perpetrator "the help he needed".
Police on Friday identified the victims as 32-year-old Matthew R. Alexander, 19-year-old Samaria Blackwell, 66-year-old Amarjeet Johal, 64-year-old Jaswinder Kaur, 68-year-old Jaswinder Singh, 48-year-old Amarjit Sekhon, 19-year-old Karlie Smith, and 74-year-old John Weisert. "We are deeply saddened to learn that Sikh community members are among those injured and killed by the gunman in Indianapolis last night", coalition Executive Director Satjeet Kaur said in a statement, adding, "while we don't yet know the motive or identity of the shooter, we expect that authorities will continue to conduct a full investigation - including the possibility of bias as a factor". "We are so sorry for the pain and hurt being felt by their families and the entire Indianapolis community".
According to police officials, Hole had been previously employed by the FedEx facility where the attack was carried out.