The gunman entered Greenwood Park Mall and began firing a rifle, killing three people and injuring two before being fatally shot by an armed civilian, it has been announced.
Indianapolis Assistant Chief of Police Chris Bailey said, “We are sick of another incident like this in our country.”
WTHR news anchor Jennie Runevitch posted on Twitter: “Greenwood Police confirm shooting at Greenwood Park Mall.
“They confirm that several people were injured, including the gunman.
“Lieutenant at the scene says there may be two fatalities.
‘The shopping center is being evacuated. Stay away, because agents are on the scene.’
Officers visited the mall at 6 p.m. (local time) and searched the mall for other victims.
However, it is believed that the incident was confined to the food court.
Greenwood Police Chief Chris Ison said police seized a suspicious package found in a bathroom near the food court.
Assistant Chief Mr Bailey added that there is no active threat to the area.
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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) posted on Twitter: “IMPD assists in incident at Greenwood Park Mall.
“Please avoid the area. The Greenwood Police Department is the lead agency.
“Avoid sharing misinformation on social media until they confirm the details.”
Reactions on social media expressed sadness and anger at the incident as the US continues to grapple with another deadly mass shooting.
User @Owen17396534 wrote: “It’s so sad that when you see a mall trending you automatically know what happened.
“You know it was a mass shooting, you know innocent lives were taken and you know America’s lawmakers won’t do anything to stop it.
“RIP Greenwood park mall victims.”
Department head Ison described the civilian who shot the gunman as a “Good Samaritan,” ABC News reported.
He has so far been identified as a 22-year-old from Bartholomew County.
Ison said, “The real hero of the day is the citizen who legally carried a firearm in that food court and was able to stop that gunman almost as soon as he started.”
He added that a 12-year-old girl who went home after the shooting was later hospitalized with minor injuries.
Reportedly, four of the shots were female and one male.