A gunman armed with a rifle and multiple magazines of ammo killed three people and injured others before being killed by a good guy with a gun.
In total, four people were killed, including the gunman, and three others were injured in the shooting on Sunday afternoon at the Greenwood Park Mall in suburban Indianapolis.
One of the injured is a 12-year-old girl who suffered a minor scratch on her back. The other victims
The shooter was 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 chief said that the hero stopped the shooting almost as soon as it began.
Police believe that the shooter acted alone. At this point he has only been described as an adult male.
Ison said that the shooter was armed with a rifle and had multiple magazines when he began opening fire. The mall is located around 15 miles south of Indianapolis.
The man who shot the suspect 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
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
The shooter was shot dead by a Good Samaritan who witnessed the shooting, according to Greenwood Police Chief James Ison
The chief said: ‘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 p.m. 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.
Authorities are searching the mall for any other victims, 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.’
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 is being investigated by the bomb squad.
In a statement, Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers said: ‘This tragedy hits at the core of our community.’ Myers implored any witnesses to the shooting to come forward.
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
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
One witness, Abigail, who works at the mall, told 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.’