GREENWOOD, Ind. ( Associated Press) — Three people were fatally shot and two were wounded, including two, after a man opened fire at a food court and shot an armed civilian with a rifle at an Indiana mall in an Indiana mall. A 12-year-old girl was also involved. him, the police said.
Greenwood Police Department Chief Jim Iason said the man entered the Greenwood Park mall on Sunday evening with a rifle and several magazines of ammunition and opened fire at the food court.
The three people who died were in addition to the man with the rifle. The identity and possible motive of the gunman were not immediately known.
Ison told a news conference that a 22-year-old man from nearby Bartholomew County, who was legally carrying a firearm into the mall, shot and killed the gunman.
“The real hero of the day is the civilian who was legally carrying a firearm in that food court and was able to stop the shooter as soon as he started,” Ison said.
Mass shootings were the latest to scare Americans in 2022. Schools, churches, grocery stores and Fourth of July parades in Highland Park, Illinois, have become killing grounds in recent months. Still, the reality of America’s staggering murder rate can often be seen more clearly in the individual deaths that rarely make the news.
On receiving information about the firing, the officials went to the mall around 6 pm. Isan said that four of those hit by the bullets were women and one was a man. He did not immediately know the gender or age of those killed. He said the condition of the 12-year-old girl and the other injured person is stable.
Isan said the police seized a suspicious bag in a bathroom near the food court.
A news conference with officials was scheduled for Monday afternoon to provide updates.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and several other agencies were assisting in the investigation.
“We are deeply hurt by another such incident in our country,” said Indianapolis Assistant Police Chief Chris Bailey.
Officials said there was no threat in the area on Sunday night.
Greenwood is a south suburb of Indianapolis with a population of approximately 60,000. Mayor Mark Myers called for “prayers for the victims and our first responders”.
“This tragedy is at the core of our community,” Myers said in a statement.
Greenwood Park Mall said in a statement that it was sad for the victims and praised the “heroic actions” of the 22-year-old, along with first responders, who said police had fatally shot the gunman.
“Violence has no place in this or any other community,” Mall said.