(CNN) — Three people were killed and two others were injured in a gunfight on Sunday night at a food court in Greenwood, Indiana.
Greenwood Police Department Chief Jim Iason told reporters that at around 6 p.m. local time, several people called 911 to report an active shooter at the Greenwood Park Mall.
Investigators believe the unidentified assailant, an adult male, was shot by a legally armed 22-year-old man who “watched the shooting in progress,” Isan said.
The victims included a man and four women, including a 12-year-old girl whose parents took her to hospital with minor injuries after she was shot, the police chief said, noting that she was “recovering”. are supposed to. The second injured victim was admitted to the hospital and his condition was stable till Sunday night.
Olivia Harding said she was at the Old Navy store in the mall when she and her mother heard four gunshots and thought a nearby carousel was breaking.
“Next thing you know, you hear six more gunshots and you see everyone running,” Harding told CNN affiliate Wish. Harding said he doesn’t think he’ll be back at the mall “for a long time.”
He said the assailant appeared to have used a long gun, though police had not recovered any weapon from the scene when he spoke to reporters.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 350 mass shootings this year, which, like CNN, defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are shot, excluding the gunman.
The community now joins others who are dealing with the aftermath of mass shootings, including the recent mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and communities shaken by a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
Isan said SWAT teams vacated the mall and determined there was no additional danger in the building, noting that investigators are now processing the crime scene.
Police said police were still investigating the motive of the gunman and interrogating people inside the mall at the time of the attack. They are asking all the witnesses to approach the authorities and requested that the public stay away from the mall.
“This tragedy strikes at the core of our community,” Greenwood Mayor Mark Meyers said in a Facebook post. “Please offer your prayers for the victims and our first responders.”
Meyers also expressed thanks to the man who fatally shot the gunman during the shooting.
“This man saved a life tonight. On behalf of the City of Greenwood, I am grateful for his quick action and heroism in this situation,” the mayor said in another statement later Sunday night.
Iason said multiple agencies responded to the scene and were assisting with the incident, including the FBI, ATF, Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
Ison said the Greenwood Police Department has trained for mass shooting scenarios and conducted “several drills at the mall” to prepare for active shooter situations.
“But I will tell you that the real hero of the day is the civilian who was legally carrying a firearm in that food court and was able to stop this gunman almost as soon as he started,” Ison said.