UNITED STATES: On Sunday evening, three people were mercilessly shot and two were severely injured after a man armed with a rifle opened fire at unsuspecting civilians in a public food court in Greenwood Park Mall in Indiana.
The criminal was ultimately shot and killed by an armed civilian who was witness to the shooting, police have verified.
The mass shooter entered the mall with a rifle and several rounds of ammunition and began firing in the food court, Greenwood Police Department Chief Jim Ison said.
A civilian who was at the scene of the shooting and armed with a weapon, killed the man, Ison later verified at a news conference. In totality, four people were killed while 2 others were injured, he said.
Officers entered the mall at about 6 p.m. for reports of the shooting. Although mall authorities have undertaken the operation to seek out other victims and injured civilians, they believe the shooting was confined only to the food court area.
Police have also confiscated a suspicious backpack from a bathroom near the food court, Ison said. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police and multiple law enforcement agencies are helping out in this investigation.
The gunman’s details like his race, identity, and motivations are still unknown.
Indianapolis Assistant Chief of Police, Chris Bailey, expressed his sorrow and offered condolences and “Prayers to the victims and our first responders.” He also said, “We are sickened by yet another type of incident like this in our country.”
“This tragedy hits at the core of our community,” Mayor Mark Myers said in a statement.
Greenwood is a south suburb of Indianapolis with a population of about 60,000. It is a quiet region with no active threats to the area.