FedEx gunman bought two rifles used in attack months after police seized shotgun,

The man who shot eight people dead at a US FedEx plant on Thursday night legally purchased two semi-automatic rifles he used in the attack just a few months after the police seized a shotgun from him, according to the police.

In March 2020, the police took a shotgun from Brandon Hole (19) after his mother raised concerns about his mental state, records show.

Chief Randal Taylor of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the fact that Hole was legally able to make the more recent gun purchases indicated that despite his mother’s warning and the police seizure of a gun, the authorities had not deemed him subject to Indiana’s so-called red flag law. This law bars people from possessing a firearm if they are found by a judge to present a dangerous risk.

The revelation came as Indianapolis mourned the deaths of workers at the sprawling FedEx facility near the edge of city limits, with at least seven others suffering gunshot wounds.

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