Indiana Mall Gunman Was 20 Years Old and Had a Juvenile Record, Police Say

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Man killed three people at Greenwood Park Mall Sunday before an armed shopper shot him

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The Johnson County Coroner’s Office said that two people died at the scene and that two were pronounced dead at the hospital.

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A 12-year-old girl was among those injured, Chief Ison said. Those killed included a 30-year-old man and a husband and wife, 56 and 37 years old, he said Monday.

“As you can imagine, this type of situation is horrible,” Chief Ison said. “It’s rocked us to our core.”

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The shooter likely walked to the mall and went into a restroom, where he stayed for more than an hour assembling his weapons and preparing for the shooting, Chief Ison said. He said the shooter appeared to have brought the rifles disassembled in a backpack.

The shooter left one rifle in the restroom, emerged with a SIG Sauer assault-style rifle and fired 24 rounds at a man outside the restroom and then into the food court before Elisjsha Dicken, who had been shopping at the mall in shorts and a T -shirt, engaged the shooter with a 9mm pistol he was carrying, Chief Ison said. The shooter tried to retreat into the restroom but slumped to the ground, mortally wounded. Mr. Sapirman had multiple magazines and over 100 rounds of ammunition on his person and in his possession.

Mr. Dicken was lawfully carrying a gun, Chief Ison said. Indian Gov. Eric Holcomb loosened the state’s gun laws in March when he signed a permitless carry bill into law. The Indiana State Police and some local law-enforcement agencies opposed the move, saying it would make it harder for them to catch people who shouldn’t be carrying guns. The law, which took effect this month, allows most adults without a criminal record to carry a handgun without a permit.

Simon Property Group,

which operates the mall, said weapons weren’t allowed at its shopping centers. “We are grateful for the strong response of the first responders, including the heroic actions of the Good Samaritan who stopped the suspect,” Greenwood Park Mall said on its website.

The shooter had a juvenile record including fighting at school and as a runaway, police said. He recently resigned as a warehouse employee. Federal authorities are investigating the purchase of the weapons, Chief Ison said. Records from a local firing range show the shooter had been going there regularly for two years, police said.

Police found the shooter’s mobile phone in a toilet in the mall restroom. It suffered water damage. Law enforcement officers found a laptop at his home that was in an oven that had a can of butane in it. The laptop suffered heat damage.

The shooting adds to a growing tally of deaths by gun violence in the US in 2022, with schools, churches, grocery stores and a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill., all targeted in recent months.

The killing of 19 students and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in May spurred a bipartisan effort in Congress to pass the broadest firearms legislation in decades after renewed debate about the ability of the country’s political system to respond to mounting gun violence .

Write to Ben Kesling at [email protected] and Alyssa Lukpat at [email protected]


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