World News:In yet another incident within a short span of time, a 19-year-old gunman went on a shootout that killed eight people, four of them who were Sikhs at FedEx facility at Indianapolis. The 19-year-old gunman was identified as Brandon Scott Hole and had shot himself to death shortly after the incident.
Reports state that 90% of the facility workers present there were Indians, mostly Sikhs. Gurinder Singh Khalsa in a conversation with the PTI told that he had visited the family members of the victims and expressed his sorrow and says he is devastated by the incident.
Manwinder Singh Walia, a community activist, identified the four Sikh victims as Amarjit Kaur Sekhon (48), Jaswinder Singh, Amarajit Kaur Johal and Jaswinder Kaur. One another Sikh man named Harpreet Singh Gill (48) had been badly injured, admitted in the hospital getting treated.
Gurinder Singh Khalsa, head of the local Sikh community had urged the U.S government to look out for the incidents of shooutouts and hate crimes that have been continuously reported across the country. He said that, post-9/11 incident the Sikh community has been suffering a lot of hate crimes, that sprout out of hate towards Muslims and the misinterpretation of Sikhs as Muslims.
He urged the U.S President to keep a check on the availability and access of lethal semi-automatic and automatic weapons across the markets of U.S. Khalsa also said, that U.S despite being a powerful nation fails to address its own issues like the ever-growing shooting incidents.
Upon hearing the incident of shooting at Indiana U.S President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, both expressed their condolences. President Biden issued a statement: “Vice President Harris and I have been briefed by our homeland security team on the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, where a lone gunman murdered eight people and wounded several more in the dark of night,”
President Biden requested all federal buildings across the state to lower the U.S National flag to half mast, to mourn the tragic death of victims. Notably, this incident took place as Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga visited the United States to hold bilateral talks. The Japanese Prime Minister also expressed his condolences and dissatisfaction on this issue.
He said that such innocent lives must not be subject to such violence unnecessarily and values like freedom, democracy, human rights and rule-of-law link the Indo-Pacific region and are prevalent very much here.