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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Police commend man who killed Indiana mall attacker

Greenwood, Ind. — Officials say the man who shot five people at a suburban Indianapolis shopping mall, killing three of them, was a 20-year-old local man before a shopkeeper shot and killed him.

Greenwood Police Chief James Iason said at a news conference Monday that Greenwood’s Jonathan Sapirman opened fire on Sunday evening after exiting the bathroom shortly before the Greenwood Park mall closed.

Sapirman continued to shoot people until a 22-year-old man, who was legally armed, shot and killed him, Isson said.

Officials have described the actions of the 22-year-old as heroic.

This is a breaking news update. Below is an earlier story from Associated Press.

GREENWOOD, Ind. ( Associated Press) – Three people were killed and two injured after a man entered a suburban shopping mall in Indianapolis and an armed civilian shot and killed him, officials said.

The attacker, whose name and probable motive have not been made public, walked into the Greenwood Park mall with rifles and several magazines of ammunition shortly before the 6 p.m. closing down on Sunday and began firing at the food court, Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said at a news conference.

Ison said a 22-year-old man from nearby Bartholomew County shot and killed the gunman. The investigation is ongoing, and officials have not said whether all the victims were shot by the assailant or whether some people were caught in the crossfire. Officials are expected to release further details of the investigation at a news conference later Monday.

“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,” said Ison, who disclosed details about the civilian. did not, including whether the person was exempt from the mall’s ban on people carrying weapons on the 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 in American schools, churches, grocery stores and a Fourth of July parade near Chicago that have become the grounds of murder in recent months, although the country’s staggering murder rate is often cited can be seen more clearly. In individual murders that rarely make major headlines.

Isan said that four women and one man were among those who opened fire at the mall. 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.

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.

Mark Myers, the mayor of Greenwood, a suburb of about 60,000 people south of Indianapolis, asked the public to pray for the victims and for the 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 killed the gunman in police custody. The mall was closed on Monday.

“Violence has no place in this or any other community,” Mall said.

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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.

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