4 dead in Indiana mall shooting, including gunman – NBC Connecticut

Three people were fatally shot and two were injured at an Indiana mall on Sunday night after a man with a rifle opened fire in a food court and an armed civilian fired at him shot and killed, police said.

The man entered the Greenwood Park mall with a rifle and multiple rounds of ammunition and began shooting into the food court, Greenwood Police Department Chief Jim Ison said.

A 22-year-old man from neighboring Bartholomew County who was legally carrying a gun in the mall shot and killed the shooter, Ison told a news conference.

Four of those hit by gunshots were women and one was a man, Ison said. He did not immediately know the specific gender or age of those killed.

He added that a 12-year-old girl was among the two injured, both in stable condition.

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

Officers attended the mall around 6 p.m. for reports of the shooting.

“The real hero of the day is the citizen who was legally carrying a gun in that food court and was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he started,” Ison said.

The mass shooting was just the latest to piss off Americans in 2022. Schools, churches, grocery stores and a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois have all become killing grounds in recent months . Yet the reality of America’s staggering murder rate can often be seen most clearly in the individual deaths that rarely make the headlines.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and several other agencies are participating in the investigation.

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

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 heart of our community,” Myers said in a statement.

Authorities said they would provide more details on Monday.

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