GREENWOOD, Ind. ( Associated Press) — Officers identified the gunman who shot five people at a suburban Indianapolis shopping mall on Monday, killing three of them before a shopkeeper shot him as a 20-year-old local. killed and killed him.
Greenwood Police Chief James Iason said at a news conference that Greenwood’s Jonathan Sapirman opened fire after leaving the bathroom at Greenwood Park Mall shortly before closing Sunday evening.
Sapirman continued to shoot people until he was shot and killed by 22-year-old Elisza Dicken of nearby Seymour, who was shopping with his girlfriend, Iason said,
“Many more people would have been killed last night if not for a responsible armed civilian,” the chief said, noting that officials were still trying to determine a motive for the attack.
The Johnson County and Marion County coroners’ offices identified the slain victims as a married Indianapolis couple — Pedro Pineda, 56, and Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37 — and Victor Gomez, 30, also of Indianapolis.
Although officials said Dicken was legally armed, the mall prohibits people from carrying weapons on his property.
As of July 1, Indiana law allows anyone 18 years of age or older to carry a handgun in public, except for reasons that are prohibited such as a felony, facing a restraining order or a court hearing. Having a dangerous mental illness as determined by. Indiana’s Republican-dominated legislature maintains provisions in the law that allow firearms to be prohibited to owners of private property.
Sunday’s attack was the latest in a series of mass shootings at American schools, churches, grocery stores and the Fourth of July parade near Chicago that have become the basis of murder in recent months, although the country’s staggering murder rate is often more clearly explained. can be seen from. Personal murders that rarely make major headlines.
Officials said on Sunday that four of the victims were women and one was a man, but they on Monday cured two men and three women, including a woman and a 12-year-old girl, who were injured.
Isan said that after Sapirman entered the mall, he went to a bathroom, where he lit and opened fire for about an hour. He said investigators believe Sapirman spent that time preparing and possibly assembling a different rifle that he had brought in his bag. He fired 24 rounds within two minutes.
Although police do not know the motive for the attack, Sapirman’s relatives told investigators that he had recently received an eviction notice from the apartment where he lived.
Greenwood is a suburb of about 60,000 people south of Indianapolis.
Callahan reported from Indianapolis. Arleigh Rodgers is a core member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a non-profit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on secret issues.