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Greenwood Park Mall mass shooting leaves 3 dead; witness kills gunman at Indiana food court, police say

GREENWOOD, Ind. — Three people were fatally shot and two were wounded, including a 12-year-old girl, at an Indiana mall when a man with a rifle opened fire in a food court and a civilian gunman shot and killed him, police said.

The man walked into Greenwood Park Mall Sunday night with a rifle and several magazines of ammunition and began shooting into the food court, Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said.

The three people who died were apart from the man with the rifle. The gunman’s identity and possible motive were not immediately known.

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A 22-year-old man from nearby Bartholomew County who was legally carrying a firearm at the mall shot and killed the gunman, Ison said at a news conference.

“The real hero of the day is the citizen who was legally carrying a firearm in that focus field and was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he started,” Eason said.

The mass shooting was just the latest to roil Americans in 2022. Schools, churches, grocery stores and a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, have all become graveyards in recent months. However, the reality of America’s shocking murder rate can often be seen most clearly in individual deaths that rarely make the news.

Officers went to the mall about 6 p.m. for reports of shots fired. Four of those hit by gunfire were women and one was a man, Ison said. He did not immediately know the gender or ages of those killed. The 12-year-old girl and the other injured person are in stable condition, he said.

Police seized a suspicious backpack that was in a bathroom near the food court, Ison said.

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A news conference with authorities was scheduled for Monday afternoon for an update.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and several other agencies assisted in the investigation.

“We’re sick of another type of incident like this in our country,” said Indianapolis Police Assistant Chief Chris Bailey.

There was no threat to the area Sunday night, authorities said.

Greenwood is a southern suburb of Indianapolis with a population of approximately 60,000. Mayor Mark Myers asked for “prayers for the victims and our first responders.”

“This tragedy strikes at the core of our community,” Myers said in a statement.

Greenwood Park Mall said in a statement that it mourned the victims and praised first responders as well as the “heroic actions” of the 22-year-old who police say fatally shot the gunman. The mall was closed on Monday.

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

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