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Gunman kills 3 at Indiana mall; armed bystander kills shooter, police say

Emergency personnel on-site after a shooting July 17 at the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Ind. (Kelly Wilkinson/USA Today Network/Reuters)
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A gunman shot and killed three people and injured two others at a mall in Indiana on Sunday evening before he was fatally shot by a bystander, officials said.

The gunman, described as an adult male, was armed with a “long gun” and appears to have acted alone, Chief Jim Ison of the Greenwood Police Department said at a news conference.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired about 6 p.m. local time at the food court in Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, a city just south of Indianapolis. The two people wounded by the gunfire were hospitalized, Ison said, adding at a second news conference that they were in stable condition.

A gunman shot and killed three people at a shopping mall in Greenwood, Ind., before he was fatally shot by a bystander on July 17, officials said. (Video: IMPD News)

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The victims included one male and four females, Ison said, without specifying which were among the dead or injured. Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers said in a statement that one of the injured was a 12-year-old girl with “minor injuries.”

A motive was not yet known, Ison said, but law enforcement had viewed surveillance video of the episode.

A nearby “good Samaritan” shot the gunman, Ison said. He added that the bystander was lawfully carrying a firearm, which he said he believed was a handgun, and “appears to be cooperating fully.”

The bystander “was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he began,” Ison said.

Authorities identified the bystander as a 22-year-old man from Bartholomew County, south of Greenwood.

“We experienced a mass shooting this evening,” Myers said in a statement, adding that there was “no further threat.”

Myers said in a second statement that while the gunman’s identity and motive were not yet known, “we do know that someone we are calling the ‘Good Samaritan’ was able to shoot the assailant and stop further bloodshed. This person saved lives tonight.”

Simon Property Group, the parent company of Greenwood Park Mall and many others like it, stipulates in its code of conduct that “no weapons” are allowed at its shopping centers, though “exceptions to this code of conduct will be determined by local center management. When asked about whether the guns were allowed there, Greenwood Park Mall directed The Washington Post to its code of conduct.

The mall said in an email that it was “grateful for the strong response” from authorities, and it praised the bystander who stopped the gunman.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) said in a statement that he was “monitoring the ongoing investigation” and that state police were assisting local law enforcement.

Lawmakers in states across the country are seeking to pass legislation expanding or restricting gun access in the aftermath of mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Tex. Indiana’s new handgun law, which took effect July 1, lifted the permit requirement to carry, conceal or transport a handgun in the state.

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Indiana still has some restrictions on who can possess a handgun. For certain groups — including people who have committed felonies and those under the age of 18 — it is still illegal to carry a handgun.

To buy a long gun in Indiana, a person must be 18 or older and present a valid ID. The state does not explicitly require those purchasing a long gun to submit to a background check, but it is required by federal law.

Grace Moon and Nick Parker contributed to this report.

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