'I don't know if he's OK': Families wait to hear of loved ones who work at Indy FedEx facility
They sat packed in the Holiday Inn Express lobby, tired, tears in their eyes.
Several hours after eight people were shot to death at an Indianapolis FedEx facility late Thursday night, family members waited to hear if their loved ones who worked at the ground facility were OK, if they were safe, if they were alive.
Some had pajamas on. One man had a sleeping child covered in a blanket on his shoulder. They wore masks to protect themselves from COVID-19.
“I’m just worried about my father," Ashlee Floyd said. "I don’t know if he’s OK. I don’t know if he’s injured. I don’t know if he’s gone. I’m just scared right now.”
Floyd wore gray pajamas. A phone call from her nephew in New Mexico woke her up after he saw news of the shooting on TV. She grabbed her keys, her purse, the first shoes she saw and went to find her father.
What we know: About the deadly shooting
Her father has worked at the FedEx facility near the airport for two decades, she said. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police told Floyd and other families to wait at the hotel, about a mile from the FedEx facility, for more information. IMPD chaplains and others were at the hotel to assist them through the grief and anxiety.
“I don’t know anything," Floyd said. "Nobody knows anything.”
Her father normally calls his wife's phone at 11:25 p.m., Floyd said. He didn't today, so family called him.
"Normally when my mom calls, he’ll answer with his watch, but he has not responded. So we are kind of concerned," she said.
FedEx prohibits employees from having their phones on while they are working.
The scene inside the Holiday Inn’s ballroom was nothing short of “chaos,” other family members said.
“Nobody knew what was going on,” said Ashley Ladd, whose 22-year-old daughter works as a manager at the center.
Ladd said she was lucky to know within five minutes that Shayla was all right. An app on her phone alerted her to the reports of the shooting and she immediately FaceTimed her daughter.
Red and blue police lights flashed across Shayla’s face, she said, and people were heard screaming.
“This is just crazy,” Ludd said at the Holiday Inn Express.
“I just feel sorry for the families, man,” said Curtis Carson. Carson’s roommate worked at the FedEx, and Carson was told he was safe.
“Indianapolis is big for shootings and violence, but this takes the cake,” Carson said, walking away.
About 3 a.m., police said the eight dead were found at the facility. Others were injured and taken to hospitals or walked into hospitals, police said. It's unclear how many more were injured, police said. .
Police believe the shooter died by suicide.
At 7:30 a.m. — more than 8 hours after the shooting — some family members were still waiting to know if their loved ones were safe.
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