Indiana mall shooting: Four killed including shooter and two others injured in Sunday attack

A gunman armed with a rifle and multiple magazines of ammo killed three people and injured two others at an Indiana shopping mall on Sunday, before being taken down by a 22-year-old with a handgun who witnessed the shooting.

One of the injured is a 12-year-old girl who suffered a minor scratch on her back. The conditions of the other injured person is unknown. The three fatalities were reported to be in their 20s and 30s.

The shooting happened early evening on Sunday at the Greenwood Park Mall in suburban Indianapolis, some 10 miles south of the city’s downtown.

Ison said that the shooter was armed with a rifle and had multiple magazines when he began opening fire.

The gunman – who has not been named – was quickly shot dead by a ‘Good Samaritan’ who witnessed the shooting, according to Greenwood Police Chief James Ison. The man used a handgun to bring down the assailant.

Ison said that the man who shot the gunman is a 22-year old from Bartholomew County, Indiana. The hero stopped the shooting almost as soon as it began.

‘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.

Police believe that the shooter acted alone. At this point he has only been described as an adult male. Officials have not speculated on a motivated for the shooting.

Officials did not release the names of the victims, gunman or bystander. Shoppers and mall employees scattered at the sound of gunfire or hid.

Speaking to the Indianapolis Star, James Arthur, who win the mall with his family, said the gun ‘sounded like a big gun.’ Arthur said that he thought that he heard at least 20 rounds go off.

Another witness, , Abigail, who works at the mall, told WRTV reporter Rafael Sanchez: ‘I was standing at the gate, ready to close to for the day. I heard 30 gunshots and I just saw people running towards the store. I was just letting in as many people as I could before I shut the gate.’

She added: ‘I wanted to close the gate but people kept running at me… I have three kids at home and I just wanted to get home.’

The man who shot the suspected mass shooter dead has been identified as a 22-year-old male

The man who shot the suspected mass shooter dead has been identified as a 22-year-old male

The man who shot the suspected mass shooter dead has been identified as a 22-year-old male

Emergency personnel continuing to work through the scene at the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana

Emergency personnel continuing to work through the scene at the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana

Emergency personnel continuing to work through the scene at the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana

ATF officers arrive on the scene arrive at the scene of the deadly shooting

ATF officers arrive on the scene arrive at the scene of the deadly shooting

ATF officers arrive on the scene arrive at the scene of the deadly shooting

In total, four people were killed in the shooting at Greenwood Park Mall, including the gunman

In total, four people were killed in the shooting at Greenwood Park Mall, including the gunman

In total, four people were killed in the shooting at Greenwood Park Mall, including the gunman

The shooter was shot dead by a good Samaritan who witnessed the shooting, according to Greenwood Police Chief James Ison

The shooter was shot dead by a good Samaritan who witnessed the shooting, according to Greenwood Police Chief James Ison

The shooter was shot dead by a good Samaritan who witnessed the shooting, according to Greenwood Police Chief James Ison

Chris Roy, the assistant manager of the Vans store in the mall, relayed a similar story to the Indianapolis Star. Roy said that when he saw people running he ‘jumped over the counter, locked the door, gathered my associates and other managers at the back door.’

Through the back of the store, the Vans staff met staff and customers from other stores through an interior hallway. In total, Roy said that he stayed hidden with around 50 other people. He added: ‘We just instructed everybody to keep quiet.’

The police chief told reporters: ‘It appears that he had a rifle with several magazines of ammunition, entered the food court and began shooting.’

Chief Ison said that officials are studying security footage showing the moments before the shooting.

Officers were called shortly before 6 pm to Greenwood Park Mall, where gunshots were reportedly fired in the food court, assistant chief of police Chris Bailey said at a brief news conference earlier on Sunday.

Authorities searched the mall for any other victims or for those who may have been hiding, but Bailey said he believes the shooting was contained to the food court.

Bailey said at the press conference: ‘You are seeing the best that public safety has to offer right now behind us. We are sickened by yet another type of incident like this in our country, in our city.’

James Arthur and his family, including daughter, Madison Willoughby react after exiting the mall following the shooting

James Arthur and his family, including daughter, Madison Willoughby react after exiting the mall following the shooting

James Arthur and his family, including daughter, Madison Willoughby react after exiting the mall following the shooting

Greenwood Assistant Chief Chris Bailey said at press conference: 'You are seeing the best that public safety has to offer right now behind us'

Greenwood Assistant Chief Chris Bailey said at press conference: 'You are seeing the best that public safety has to offer right now behind us'

Greenwood Assistant Chief Chris Bailey said at press conference: ‘You are seeing the best that public safety has to offer right now behind us’

A view of Greenwood Park Mall, after a shooting, in the Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood, Indiana, US July 17, 2022

A view of Greenwood Park Mall, after a shooting, in the Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood, Indiana, US July 17, 2022

A view of Greenwood Park Mall, after a shooting, in the Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood, Indiana, US July 17, 2022

Law enforcement officers walk near the crime scene outside the shopping mall

Law enforcement officers walk near the crime scene outside the shopping mall

Law enforcement officers walk near the crime scene outside the shopping mall

Law enforcement officers walk outside the shopping mall near the crime scene

Law enforcement officers walk outside the shopping mall near the crime scene

Law enforcement officers walk outside the shopping mall near the crime scene

Law enforcement officers stand guard near the crime scene after a shooting at a mall in the Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood, Indiana, US July 17, 2022

Law enforcement officers stand guard near the crime scene after a shooting at a mall in the Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood, Indiana, US July 17, 2022

Law enforcement officers stand guard near the crime scene after a shooting at a mall in the Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood, Indiana, US July 17, 2022

Officials also said that a suspicious backpack was found in a bathroom close to where the shooting unfolded beside a Dick’s Sporting Goods store. It was investigated by the bomb squad before being deemed to not be a threat.

In a statement, Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers thanked the good Samaritan for his quick action.

The mayor said that while the shooter’s motivated remains a mystery ‘we do know that someone we are calling the ‘Good Samaritan’ was able to shoot the assailant and stop further bloodshed. This person saved lives tonight. On behalf of the City of Greenwood, I am grateful for his quick action and heroism in this situation. ‘

While Indiana Senator Todd Young, a Republican, tweeted: ‘Terrible news tonight in my home county. Praying for the victims of a shooting at the Greenwood Park Mall. Thank you to our law enforcement officers who responded.’

Senator Mike Braun, also a Republican, said: ‘Praying for families of those killed in a senseless act of violence in Greenwood tonight, and grateful for the brave armed citizen who took action to stop the perpetrator and prevent further tragic loss of life.’

Conservative talk show host Todd Starnes said: ‘Indiana police say a mass shooter who opened fire inside the food court of the Greenwood Park Mall was taken down by a Good Samaritan armed with a handgun. Your Second Amendment at work.’

Officials also said that a suspicious backpack was found in a bathroom close to where the shooting unfolded

Officials also said that a suspicious backpack was found in a bathroom close to where the shooting unfolded

Officials also said that a suspicious backpack was found in a bathroom close to where the shooting unfolded

In a statement, Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers said: 'This tragedy hits at the core of our community

In a statement, Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers said: 'This tragedy hits at the core of our community

In a statement, Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers said: ‘This tragedy hits at the core of our community

The town of Greenwood, Indiana, is located around 15 miles south of Indianapolis

The town of Greenwood, Indiana, is located around 15 miles south of Indianapolis

The town of Greenwood, Indiana, is located around 15 miles south of Indianapolis

Hours after the shooting in Greenwood, one person was killed and three others injured in another Indianapolis suburb. This time in Beech Grove, just 11 miles from Greenwood.

That shooting took place in a park.

Sunday’s shooting is the latest attack in a wave of gun violence plaguing the United States, where about 40,000 deaths a year are caused by firearms, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

It comes just weeks after a gunman opened fire on a July 4 parade in an affluent Chicago suburb, killing seven people and injuring at least three dozen.

That incident followed two massacres in May that saw 10 Black people shot dead at a Buffalo, New York supermarket, and 19 children and two teachers slain at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, 2022 has so far seen 352 mass shootings, while 24,141 have been killed by guns. In the last 72 hours alone, the archive shows that 147 people have died in incidents involving a gun.

The recent surge in gun violence has reignited the divisive debate over firearm regulation. A US House of Representatives’ committee is set this week to discuss a bill that would ban assault weapons for the first time in nearly 20 years.

A 10-year federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004.

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