Update: 4:59 EST: Greenwood police have released more information regarding the Indianapolis suburb mall shooting that was stopped by 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken.
Police stated that it was only 15 seconds from when the shooter, 20-year-old Jonathan Sapirman, emerged from the restroom and began firing until he was shot multiple times by Dicken. They had previously stated it was 2 minutes.
Police have also called his actions “heroic” as he engaged the shooter from approximately 30-yards away, approaching him as Sapirman attempted to retreat to the bathroom.
“Our city, our community, and our state is grateful for his heroism in this situation,” said Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers.
Update: 3:59 (7/18/22): The hero “good Samaritan with a handgun” who stopped a mass shooting in progress has been identified as 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken.
Dicken, from Seymour, Indiana had been shopping with his girlfriend when the mass shooting started in the Greenwood Park Mall food court at 5:56 p.m., according to Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison.
The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Jonathan Sapirman was fatally shot by Dickens within minutes of opening fire, limiting what would undoubtedly been a far deadlier attack.
Update 9:25 p.m (7/17/22): A mass shooting at an Indiana mall was cut short by an armed civilian. At least four people, including the gunman were pronounced dead, and multiple others wounded at the Greenwood Park Mall.
Three people were killed and two others injured Sunday evening in a shooting at Greenwood Park Mall, south of Indianapolis, according to Jim Ison, chief of police at Greenwood Police Department.
A “good Samaritan” who was armed saw the shooting in progress and fired shots at the shooter, killing him, Ison said.
At approximately 6:05 p.m., the Johnson County Dispatch Center received several calls about an active shooter at the mall.
The gunman, a 22-year-old man from Bartholomew County, entered the food court with a rifle that had several magazines of ammunition and began firing, according to Ison.
“As you can imagine, this type of situation is horrible,” he said. “It’s rocked us to our core.”
Police have confiscated a suspicious backpack that was in a bathroom near the food court, Ison said.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and multiple other agencies are assisting in the investigation.
“We are sickened by yet another type of incident like this in our country,” Indianapolis Assistant Chief of Police Chris Bailey said.
There is no active threat to the area, Bailey said.
Greenwood is a south suburb of Indianapolis with a population of about 60,000. Mayor Mark Myers asked for “prayers to the victims and our first responders.”
“This tragedy hits at the core of our community,” Myers said in a statement.