A “Good Samaritan” with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun late Sunday afternoon inside the Greenwood Park Mall food court.
The mall is a popular shopping destination near Indianapolis, Indiana. Greenwood is a south suburb of Indianapolis with a population of about 60,000.
Police say three people were fatally shot, and two others were injured at about 6 p.m Sunday at an Indiana mall after a man with a rifle opened fire in a food court. According to FOX 59, a man visiting the mall shot and killed the shooter. That “Good Samaritan,” as Police called him, was armed with a handgun. Police tell us the 22-year-old from Bartholomew County was by the cookie counter, close to the main walkways of the mall. A witness tells us after the shooting; the man moved closer to the downed shooter.
Police say the actions of a Bartholomew County man saved lives after a shooter opened fire in the Greenwood Park Mall Sunday evening.
“I’m going to tell you, the real hero of the day was the citizen that was lawfully carrying a firearm in the food court and was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he began.”
Police, lawmakers, mall officials, etc. heaped praise on the Bartholomew County, Indiana, man who saved lives after he pulled a gun and opened fire on an active shooter inside the mall Sunday evening,
Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers also issued a statement, calling the man’s actions heroic.
“As of now, we do not know the shooter’s identity or motive. 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. On behalf of the City of Greenwood, I am grateful for his quick action and heroism in this situation.”
Attorney General Todd Rokita also issued a statement praising the man’s actions.
“The bravery of the armed individual who took action to stop the shooter undoubtedly saved lives, and for that I and many others are grateful.”
Lawmakers said they were grateful for his actions. Senator Mike Braun said he was grateful for the man in a statement.
“Praying for families of those killed in a senseless act of violence in Greenwood tonight, and grateful for the brave armed citizen who took action to stop the perpetrator and prevent further tragic loss of life.”
Praying for families of those killed in a senseless act of violence in Greenwood tonight, and grateful for the brave armed citizen who took action to stop the perpetrator and prevent further tragic loss of life.
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) July 18, 2022
Police are providing an update on the shooting Monday at 2 p.m. We will stream the news conference on our website.
Greenwood Park Mall sent the following statement on Monday morning, “We grieve for the victims of yesterday’s horrific tragedy in Greenwood. Violence has no place in this or any other community. We are grateful for the strong response of the first responders, including the heroic actions of the Good Samaritan who stopped the suspect.”
It is not often the press reports that a mass shooting was prevented by another person that was legally carrying, so it is important to share this information the next time you hear someone claim that no one should be allowed to carry a gun.
Watch the entire press conference below: