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Good Samaritan Kills Gunman Who Opened Fire In Indiana Mall Food Court

Greenwood, IN – A gunman opened fire in the food court of a Johnson County shopping mall on Sunday evening and killed multiple people before a good guy with a gun pulled out his own concealed weapon and shot him.

Greenwood Police Department Chief Jim Ison said the gunman entered the Greenwood Park Mall at about 6 p.m. with a long rifle and several magazines of ammunition, WLWT reported.

Chief Ison said that gunman began shooting at customers in the mall’s food court.

Police said that the gunman had shot victims ranging in age from 12 to 30 years old when a good Samaritan intervened, WLWT reported.

The police chief said a 22-year-old from Bartholomew County, who was legally carrying a firearm when the gunman’s rampage began, pulled his weapon and killed the shooter.

But by then, the gunman had already fatally shot two men and a woman, and left two other people wounded, including a 12-year-old girl who sustained a minor wound to her back, WTHR reported.

“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,” the chief said.

Chief Ison said the good Samaritan who intervened is cooperating with the police in their investigation.

“This has shaken us to our core,” he said. “This isn’t something we’ve seen in Greenwood before. It is absolutely horrendous.”

The police chief said officers had trained for an active shooter situation and he was proud of the quick response, WTHR reported.

“We train for it,” Chief Ison said. “As a matter a fact, a few years back we had one of the largest coordinated exercises with the FBI and other local metropolitan area agencies for this exact situation. we have done multiple mall exercises with local law enforcement for active shooters, and we train annually.”

“Our officers responded the way they should have,” he added.

Officers went door-by-door through the mall after the incident to make sure there was no continuing threat.

Witnesses reported hearing at least 20 gunshots in the food court during the gunman’s rampage, WTHR reported.

Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers thanked the good Samaritan in a statement.

“This person saved lived tonight. On behalf of the City of Greenwood, I am grateful for his quick action and heroism in this situation,” the mayor’s statement read.

Authorities have not released the name of the gunman or the good Samaritan that fatally shot him, WLWT reported.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), Indiana State Police, and multiple other agencies are assisting Greenwood police with the investigation.

“We are sickened by yet another type of incident like this in our country,” IMPD Assistant Chief of Police Chris Bailey said.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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