A 22-year-old Indiana man is being credited as a hero for stopping a mass shooting inside a local mall food court.
Greenwood police responded to an active shooter situation at the Greenwood Park Mall on Sunday, with reports of a gunman opening fire on food court patrons. According to law enforcement, the shooter was carrying a Sig Sauer 400 rifle with multiple magazines of ammunition. Two additional weapons were also recovered from the shooter’s backpack.
According to a News 8 eyewitness, 22-year old Elisjsha Dicken, of Seymour, Indiana, engaged and incapacitated the shooter with a handgun. According to police, this Good Samaritan was legally carrying a concealed firearm in the mall.
Four deaths occurred at the scene, including the shooter. Two were injured, including a 12-year-old.
The shooter was identified as Jonathan Douglas Sapirman, 20, of Greenwood, Indiana.
Location of Greenwood Mall
Both the mayor and the police department praised the Good Samaritan for having his concealed firearm at the mall.
“The real hero of the day is the citizen who was lawfully carrying a firearm in that food court and was able to stop this shooter almost as he began”, Police Chief Jim Ison told the press.
Mark Myers, mayor of Greenwood, also expressed gratitude for the Good Samaritan, “…someone we are calling the ‘Good Samaritan’ was able to shoot the assailant and stop further bloodshed. This person saved lives tonight. On behalf of the City of Greenwood, I am grateful for his quick action and heroism in this situation.”
According to USA Today, the shooter attempted to erase evidence. Law enforcement officials executed a search warrant of the suspect’s apartment and discovered the kitchen oven set to a “high temperature”, with a laptop and can of butane inside. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the device will be sent to the FBI for analysis.