Indianapolis denies FedEx shooting victims’ payout request

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Indianapolis effectively denied a request for over $2 million in compensation made by three members of the Sikh community affected by a mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility last April. Harpreet Singh, Lakhwinder Kaur and Gurinder Bains, who were injured or lost family members in the April 15 attack, each requested $700,000 in damages from the city. They claimed that local officials failed to pursue a court hearing that could have prevented the shooter from accessing guns used in the attack. Government agencies that receive such notices can agree to pay the victims or deny the request. The city’s silence is the equivalent of a denial, which opens the door for victims to respond with a lawsuit. The Sikh Coalition told The Star, however, that its lawyers will not be pursuing a lawsuit. Lawyers for the victims said the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County prosecutor’s office failed to follow Indiana’s red flag law when they decided not to file a case with the courts to suspend the shooter’s gun rights in March of 2020. The “red flag” legislation, which became law in Indiana in 2005, allows police or the courts to seize guns from people who show signs that they might be violent. The lawyers said the law doesn’t give the authorities discretion and that they must file such cases with the courts. Had such a case been filed, the mass shooting could have been prevented, according to the […]

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