Brandon Scott Hole, a 19-year-old who used to work at a FedEx warehouse in Indianapolis shot gunfire at the same warehouse on Thursday. He was firing uncontrollably and ended it by killing himself before the police arrived. This led to eight deaths and at least seven people injured.
This shooting is nothing new in Indianapolis. In fact, this makes the third mass shooting since the start of the year. The other two mass shootings were in Atlanta and Colorado. President Biden had a strong opinion about this in a news conference.
“Every single day, every single day, there’s a mass shooting in the United States if you count all those who are killed out on the streets of our cities and our rural areas. It’s a national embarrassment and must come to an end.”From the New York Times article, “In a Spasm of Violence, Indianapolis Faces the Country’s Latest Mass Shooting”
As people are trying to find out the motive of the shooting, the eFBI as well as other investigators are searching through his past for possible hints. Although the motive is still unknown, at least four Sikh community were killed by him that night. His mother worried that he could have been suicidal last year, but the assumptions still do not deduct to a specific reason for the mass shooting.
Within the last month, the United States reported at least 45 mass shootings. The Gun Violence Archive shows the reported mass shootings within 2021 and the frequency is alarming. Some of these shootings were motivated by hate crimes while others are unknown.
A well known example of a mass shooting with the motive of asian hate crimes is the Atlanta spa shootings. The suspect killed eight people, six being asian women. Although there are accounts in America questioning whether the shootings were racially motivated, news around the world including South Korea describe the motive as an Asian hate crime. Hate crimes have been dangerously increasing, and not just racial hate crimes but also gender (male supremacy).
“Gender-motivated hate crimes make up only a tiny percentage of the hate crimes recorded by the F.B.I. — 0.7 percent in 2018, the most recent year listed on the agency’s website, compared with 57.5 percent deemed to have been motivated by racial bias that year.”From The New York Times article, “8 Dead in Atlanta Spa Shootings, With Fears of Anti-Asian Bias”
This also applies to the increase in Asian hate crimes. Within the past year, nearly 3,800 hate crimes were targeting towards Asians. The problem is that the number is only increasing as the pandemic continues.