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Indianapolis Mass Shooter Legally Bought 2 Assault-Model Weapons Regardless of FBI Considerations

The teenage police say eight people fatally shot in a FedEx warehouse Indianapolis this week legally bought the two semi-automatic rifles he was using, even though those The FBI questioned him last year after a disturbing warning from his mother, the local police chief said.

Agents interviewed 19-year-old Brandon Hole after his mother told the FBI that she feared her son might create a dangerous situation “Police suicide.” Hole took his own life after the FedEx shoot.

The teenager was apparently not arrested after interrogation by the FBI last year. Paul Keenan, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis branch, said the agents had found no evidence of a crime.

But the Indianapolis police at that time seized a shotgun hole Randal Taylor, chief of the city police, had bought the New York Times 24 hours earlier because of concerns about his mental state. He was also taken to a local hospital for examination.

Nevertheless, according to the police, Hole was able to legally buy the two powerful offensive weapons last July and September.

The state’s red flag law was not used to keep firearms out of Hole’s possession. Such laws, which exist in at least a dozen states, prohibit people from putting themselves or others at risk if they have weapons.

It was not immediately clear whether officials had ever opened a trial under the law to exclude Hole from gun possession, or whether a judge might have ruled against such a lawsuit. In any case, the red flag laws only temporarily restrict gun ownership.

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