LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three members of the Sikh community now plan to sue the city of Indianapolis for $2.1 million for damages following the deadly mass shooting at a FedEx facility in April that left eight people dead.

According to a report by FOX 59, the lawsuit seeks compensation from the city for failure to file a red flag case against the shooter, Brandon Hole.

Indiana's "red flag law" allows police or courts to seize guns from people who may commit violent acts. It became law in 2005 after the death of Indianapolis police officer Jake Laird by a man whose weapons had been returned even though the individual had mental health issues.

In March 2020, Hole's shotgun was confiscated after his mom called police because of concerns about her son's mental instability. Sheila Hole told FOX 59 that Brandon had threatened suicide many times and said he wanted to die from suicide by cop. But ultimately, prosecutors did not file a petition with the court to determine if Hole was an ongoing threat, which would have banned him from buying more guns.

The shooter's mother told FOX 59 that she believes the concerns that led police to seize Brandon's gun should have kept him from being able to buy more guns in the future.

The claimants in the lawsuit accuse IMPD and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office of violating that requirement in Indiana's Red Flag Law when they decided not to file a case with the courts to suspend Brandon Hole's gun rights in March of 2020.

The tort claims IMPD failed to submit an affidavit after Hole's firearm was taken and that the Marion County Prosecutor's Office did not petition for a hearing, "denying the court an opportunity to review an affidavit and conduct a subsequent hearing to determine whether Mr. Hole should be temporarily denied access to his firearm and/or prohibited from purchasing or possessing another firearm for the duration of the protective order, as it was required by law."

Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said in April, that because the shooter surrendered his gun, there wasn't a reason to pursue the case further.

The shooter then legally bought two rifles months later, which he used to kill eight former coworkers.

In the letter from the victims' lawyers to city attorneys, dated Oct. 12, each of the three filing suit are requesting $700,000 from the city for damages.

Four members of the Sikh community, Amarjit Sekhon, Jasvinder Kaur, Amarjeet Kaur and Jaswinder Singh Bains, died in the shooting. Several more people who survived the shooting are also members of the Sikh faith.

FOX 59 reached out to the legal team handling the lawsuit for the Sikh community members, who provided the statement below.

"We are statutorily required to provide adequate notice to the City of Indianapolis and Marion County within a certain time period to protect our clients' rights if they decide to move forward with a lawsuit related to last April's tragedy. Accordingly, we submitted this notice of claims last month to meet that obligation. We remain in close conversation with our clients about their injuries and ongoing needs as we continue to chart the course forward and work on these matters." -- Winston & Strawn and the Sikh Coalition

The letter sent to the city attorneys serves as a tort claim notice, the first step toward a formal lawsuit.

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