After a man with a rifle opened fire in a food court at an Indiana mall Sunday night, an armed bystander shot and killed the assailant, police said, leaving three people dead and two others wounded.
According to Greenwood Police Department Chief Jim Ison, the man entered the Greenwood Park Mall brandishing a rifle and several magazines of ammo before opening fire in the food court.
At a press conference, Ison revealed that the shooter was shot and killed by a 22-year-old from the nearby Bartholomew County who was legally carrying a gun at the mall.
Ison reported that one male and four female victims of gunfire. He wasn’t immediately aware of the precise age or gender of those who had died.
He said that one of the two injured was a 12-year-old girl; who are both in stable condition.
According to Ison, police seized a suspicious backpack from a restroom close to the food court.
Around 6 o’clock in the evening, police responded to reports of a shooting at the mall.
Here's the update from Greenwood PD where Chief Jim Ison confirmed three people are dead and two others are injured following a shooting at the food court. An armed citizen at the mall shot and killed the suspect. https://t.co/pHH5hdxmac
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“The real hero of the day is the citizen that was lawfully carrying a firearm in that food court and was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he began,” Ison said.
The mass shooting was only the most recent incident to cause concern among Americans in 2022. Several locations, including schools, churches, supermarkets, and a July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois, have been turned into killing fields in recent months. Nonetheless, the reality of America’s alarming murder rate is frequently visible in isolated incidents that go unreported more frequently.
The investigation is being supported by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and numerous other organizations.
“We are sickened by yet another type of incident like this in our country,” Indianapolis Assistant Chief of Police Chris Bailey said.
Authorities reported that there was no threat to the region on Sunday night.
With 60,000 residents, Greenwood is a suburb of Indianapolis in the south. Prayers for the victims and our first responders were requested by Mayor Mark Myers.