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Indianapolis shooting: FBI says it interviewed FedEx mass shooter last year; 4 Sikhs among victims

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis’ tight knit Sikh community mourned Saturday as members learned that four Sikhs were among the eight people killed in the mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse.The Marion County Coroner’s office identified the dead late Friday as Matthew R. Alexander, 32; Samaria Blackwell, 19; Amarjeet Johal, 66; Jaswinder Kaur, 64; Jaswinder Singh, 68; Amarjit Sekhon, 48; Karli Smith, 19; and John Weisert, 74.

Deputy Police Chief Craig McCartt, said Hole apparently began firing randomly at people in the parking lot of the FedEx facility, killing four, before entering the building, fatally shooting four more people and then turning the gun on himself.It was not clear if Sikhs were targeted.

Police Chief Randal Taylor noted that a “significant” number of employees at the FedEx facility are members of the Sikh community. Some members gathered at a local hotel Friday looking for information on family and friends.

“I have several family members who work at the particular facility and are traumatized,” Komal Chohan, who said Amarjeet Johal was her grandmother, said in a statement issued by the Sikh Coalition. “My nani, my family, and our families should not feel unsafe at work, at their place of worship, or anywhere. Enough is enough–our community has been through enough trauma.”

There are between 8,000 and 10,000 Sikh Americans in Indiana, according to the coalition. Members of the religion, which began in India in the 15th century, began settling in Indiana more than 50 years ago and opened it first house of worship, known as a gurdwara, in 1999.

The attack was another blow to the Asian American community a month after six people of Asian descent were killed in a mass shooting in the Atlanta area and amid ongoing attacks against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hole’s motives remained unclear Saturday.”While we don’t yet know the motive of the shooter, he targeted a facility known to be heavily populated by Sikh employees, and the attack is traumatic for our community as we continue to face senseless violence, said Satjeet Kaur, Sikh Coalition Executive Director. “Further traumatizing is the reality that many of these community members, like Sikhs we have worked with in the past, will eventually have to return to the place where their lives were almost taken from them.”

The coalition says about 500,00 Sikhs live in the U.S. Many practicing Sikhs are visually distinguishable by their articles of faith, which include the unshorn hair and turban.

Paul Keenan, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis field office, said Friday that agents questioned Hole last year after his mother called police to say that her son might commit “suicide by cop.” He said the FBI was called after items were found in Hole’s bedroom but he did not elaborate on what they were. He said agents found no evidence of a crime and that they did not identify Hole as espousing a racially motivated ideology.

A police report obtained by The Associated Press shows that officers seized a pump-action shotgun from Hole’s home after responding to the mother’s call. Keenan said the gun was never returned. Indianapolis police said Friday that Hole opened fire with a rifle.

Smith, the youngest of the victims, was last in contact with her family shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday, family members said in social media posts late Friday. Dominique Troutman, Smith’s sister, waited hours at the Holiday Inn for an update on her sister. “Words can’t even explain how I feel. … I’m so hurt,” Troutman said in a Facebook post Friday night.Weisert had been working as a bag handler at FedEx for four years, his wife, Carol, told WISH-TV. The couple was married nearly 50 years.

McCartt said Hole was a former employee of FedEx and last worked for the company in 2020. The deputy police chief said he did not know why Hole left the job or if he had ties to the workers in the facility. He said police have not yet uncovered a motive for the shooting.

The killings marked the latest in a string of recent mass shootings across the country and the third mass shooting this year in Indianapolis. Five people, including a pregnant woman, were shot and killed in the city in January, and a man was accused of killing three adults and a child before abducting his daughter during at argument at a home in March. In other states last month, eight people were fatally shot at massage businesses in the Atlanta area, and 10 died in gunfire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

The family of Brandon Scott Hole released a statement to the local station WRTV Saturday:
“We are devastated at the loss of life caused as a result of Brandon’s actions; through the love of his family, we tried to get him the help he needed. Our sincerest and most heartfelt apologies go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy. We are so sorry for the pain and hurt being felt by their families and the entire Indianapolis community.”

“The Hole family and its representatives decline all interview requests at this time.”

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Associated Press reporters Michael Balsamo and Eric Tucker in Washington and Pat Eaton-Robb in Connecticut contributed to this report. Casey Smith is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

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SAG Awards best dressed: Nicole Kidman among stars at 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards

The SAG Awards took place today in the US. The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was broadcast, showing great and good in Hollywood receiving awards.
While the ceremony was a little different, with stars social distancing, but they still managed to turn out gorgeous looks for the event.

Australian actress Nicole Kidman wore a nude dress with light blue floral embroidery.

Actress Kayley Cuco wore a bright magenta dress with a large rosette on the front and voluminous sleeves.

British star Helen Mirren wore a red and pink gown, with a sweetheart necklace and voluminous sleeves.

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Lily Collins, star of Emily in Paris, wore a light pink mini dress with a large embellished collar.

Actress Cynthia Erivo wore a cream Alexander McQueen ball gown with a huge skirt and bustier.

Kerry Washington wore a blue ensemble with an embroidered cap. 

She filmed her process of getting ready in the beaded gown on Instagram.

One jewellery expert has valuated the pieces exclusively for Express.co.uk

Charlotte White, head of design at Europe’s largest online jeweller 77 Diamonds analysed Meghan’s diamond ring with three stones.

She said: “The centre stone is surrounded by two round diamonds, estimated at just under a carat each. Allegedly, these stones are from Diana’s tennis bracelet.

“The centre stone is a stunning 3ct diamond famously sourced from Botswana, one of the first places Harry and Meghan went as a couple.”

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Among Us update: New Airship map patch live with roadmap notes

Today’s Among Us update is a big one that includes new content fans have been craving for.

The good news is that this latest patch is now available to download, although there might be a staggered rollout in some regions.

But after you have installed the latest patch, you’ll find some great new content to check out, courtesy of InnerSloth.

The headline new change is the Among Us Airship map, which offers a brand new level to suss out the Imposter.

The new map also comes bundled with the Airship Skin Bundle, an additional purchase on top of the free content launched today.

InnerSloth confirms that each new outfit in the bundle comes with its own custom kill animation, making it a top choice for Imposter fans.

And here’s a quick rundown of the new content you can find as part of the latest Among Us update:

  • Airship – the 4th map, and the biggest one yet
  • New tasks including jewel polishing, emptying trash (wow fun), and more
  • The ability to pick the room you start in
  • All new areas to explore (or get murdered in)
  • Improved mobility with ladders and moving platforms
  • New free hats including a heart pin, angry eyebrows, unicorn head, rubber glove, and more!
  • Inspired by our other game, The Henry Stickmin Collection

Speaking about the future, InnerSloth also shared an updated roadmap for the game, and what to expect after today’s update.

This included the following information from the Among Us Team: “Provided everything goes well and there aren’t massive bugs we need to handle from the Airship launch, we’ve got lots on our plate in terms of future plans!

“With our two new recent programmer hires we’re definitely on track for faster work. We’ll make a public roadmap at some point, but for now, here’s what’s on the table.

“A full art style revamp! Puffballs has completely updated the art style with cleaner lines and an easier animation process. Can’t wait for you to see that soon!

“We’re aiming to create larger lobby sizes so you can play with up to 15 players. Considering The Airship’s size, we hope this will be a fun way to gather with even more of your friends.

“More frequent, transparent updates from us! One of our big goals is to just show you the development process, what goes on behind-the-scenes, and for you grow with us.

“We’ve learned so much and don’t want to hide anything from you when it comes to this stuff. It’s weird!

“You’ve come so far with us, and we can’t wait to keep working on the game for you. You in? Cool! Spread the word and we can’t wait to see you in the game.”

InnerSloth has also updated its code of conduct for Among Us, posting this latest news on its website:

Right now, it’s focused on reporting and moderation capabilities, but in the future, we hope to add a friend system and the ability to transfer your cosmetics between devices.

You can only make one account per device – if multiple people are using the same device, it’ll be locked for the time being, but we’re planning a hotfix for that soon.

You will be able to report if someone in the game is acting inappropriately, including inappropriate names, inappropriate chat, cheating/hacking, and harassment/misconduct. Consequences can range from temporary to permanent bans (including alternate accounts).

You must create an account to access free chat (without it, you will have to use Quick Chat for safety!) and to change your display name freely.

If you are under the minimum age of digital consent in your country (for most countries, 13 is the minimum age), you have to get a parent/guardian’s permission to access free chat (which allows you to create an account) or change your display name.

Without an account (or if you’re a minor who doesn’t want to ask your parent/guardian for approval), you can still play via Guest Mode. This locks you to Quick Chat and doesn’t allow you to change your name other than with a randomly generated name.