In a Spasm of Violence, Indianapolis Faces the Country’s Latest Mass Shooting

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According to Chief McCartt, Mr. Hole, the gunman, last worked at the FedEx warehouse in 2020. The chief said he believed that Mr. Hole had worked there until the fall, but he did not know why his employment ended.

In March 2020, Mr. Hole’s mother had contacted law enforcement to report that he might attempt “suicide by cop,” Paul Keenan, the special agent in charge of the F.B.I.’s Indianapolis office, said in a statement.

The Indianapolis police placed Mr. Hole in a “mental health temporary hold,” Mr. Keenan said, and he was interviewed by F.B.I. agents “based on items observed in the suspect’s bedroom at that time.” They did not find him to be harboring violent racially motivated ideology, Mr. Keenan said, but the authorities did take a shotgun from him, which was never returned.

Mr. Hole’s home sits in a quiet neighborhood of mostly single-story houses on the far east side of Indianapolis. Jeannie McGowan, 65, lives down the street. A few summers ago, she said, she met Mr. Hole at her front door. He told her that his dog had run away and he was going to take her Chihuahua, who was leashed to her front porch.

“You could tell that there was something wrong with him,” Ms. McGowan said. “I told him that I would call the police because that was not his dog.”

After he left, she called her brother who lives across the street from the family. “He said, ‘Jeannie, don’t worry about him,’” she recalled. “‘He’s just not quite right.’”

Reporting was contributed by Brandon Dupré, Robert Chiarito, Andrés R. Martínez and Amy Lynch from Indianapolis. Sarah Mervosh, Adam Goldman and Elizabeth Dias also contributed reporting.

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