- Eight people died in a mass shooting Thursday night at an Indianapolis, Indiana, FedEx facility.
- FedEx employees can’t access their cell phones while on the clock, which made it harder for family to find out if their loved ones were safe.
- FedEx says it’s reevaluating the policy in light of Thursday’s shooting.
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A FedEx spokesperson told Insider the company was reevaluating its policy of not allowing employees to have phones with them during work hours following a deadly mass shooting at one of its Indianapolis facilities Thursday night.
Details continue to emerge about the shooting, but the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed there at least eight dead. Officer Genae Cook said during a press conference Thursday night that the suspect had taken his own life and there was no immediate threat in the area.
As news of the shooting spread, FedEx employees and family members of employees took to Twitter to complain that the company’s policy of not allowing employees to keep cell phones on them during work hours had left family members questioning whether their loved ones were safe.
—Red Wish 😷 👓 (@RedWishDotCom) April 16, 2021
Because most employees didn’t have cell phones on them at the time of the shooting, police told family members to gather at a nearby Holiday Inn to wait for further instruction.
Family members gathering at the Holiday Inn confirmed to IndyStar reporter Sarah Nelson that employees are not allowed to keep phones on them while working.
—Courtney Crown (@CrownJournalist) April 16, 2021
Heather Wilson, a communications advisor with FedEx, told Insider: “Our focus at this time is on the safety and well-being of our team members and cooperating with investigators.”
An Indiana State Police spokesperson told Insider’s Áine Cain that “at this point it’s been contained,” but noted “they’re a very large facility.”
The shooting took place at FedEx’s ground facility at 8951 Mirabel Road, near the Indianapolis Airport. The facility is more than 328,000 square feet, according to RealityTrac.