Mass Shooting at Indianapolis FedEx Warehouse 'Follows Pattern of Violence Against Sikhs' Nationwide
As the Sikh community in Indianapolis and across the United States is in mourning after a gunman killed eight people at a FedEx facility last week, where four of the victims are Sikh, "Democracy Now!" speaks with Simran Jeet Singh, scholar, activist and senior fellow for the Sikh Coalition, which is calling for a full investigation into the possibility of racial or ethnic hatred as a factor in the killings in Indianapolis. A majority of the workers at the warehouse are Sikh, and while authorities have not shared evidence Brandon Hole was targeting Sikh workers when he attacked the FedEx facility, police revealed Monday they previously found evidence that Hole had browsed white supremacist websites. The mass shooting took place as more than 15 states across the U.S., including Indiana, mark April as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month.
"This community, in Indianapolis, all around the world, is really devastated," says Singh. "Given the pattern of violence against Sikhs, we are demanding a full investigation into the possibility of bias and racism in this attack."