Armed Citizen Kills Gunman That Started Mass Shooting Inside Shopping Mall

Mass Shooting Prevented

A gunman killed three people when he opened fire in the food court of a shopping mall outside Indianapolis on Sunday before a bystander fatally shot the assailant, Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said.

The Indianapolis Star reported that two other people were injured in the incident, which occurred in the early evening at Greenwood Park Mall.

“The real hero of the day is the citizen that was lawfully carrying a firearm in that food court and was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he began,” Ison told reporters. He described the armed bystander as a 22-year-old man.

According to the newspaper, the shooter was alone and had a rifle and several magazines of ammo.
Police did not release the victims’ names, gunman, or bystander. Shoppers and mall employees scattered at the sound of gunfire or hid.

The shootings occurred amid widespread concerns over the drumbeat of U.S. shootings in schools, workplaces, and public areas that regularly make headlines.

Since May, a spate of gun massacres at a New York grocery store, a Texas elementary school, and an Illinois Independence Day parade have renewed fierce U.S. debate over gun regulations.

The panel said on Friday that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee would take up proposed legislation this week that would ban certain assault weapons. It is not expected to pass the Senate.

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  1. LIVE: 4 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Greenwood Park Mall; police said ‘good Samaritan’ shot and killed shooter – WTHR
  2. 3 people killed and 2 injured during a shooting at an Indiana shopping mall – CNN
  3. Greenwood Park Mall shooting leaves 4 dead, including gunman armed with rifle, magazines – Indy Star
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