"We experienced a mass shooting this evening at the Greenwood Park Mall," Mark Myers, the mayor of Greenwood, Indiana, said in a statement. "We have three fatalities at this time and three others injured."
Myers said that the gunman had been shot dead by "an armed individual." The Greenwood police shared a post on their Facebook page asking for witnesses to the shooting to contact the department with information.
The attack is the latest in a wave of gun violence plaguing the United States, where about 40,000 deaths a year are caused by firearms, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The shooter, identified as Jonathan Douglas Sapirman, 20, of Greenwood, Indiana, killed three people and injured two in the food court at the Greenwood Park Mall on Sunday before closing time, police said.
He was killed by Elisjsha Dicken, 22, of Seymour, Indiana, a mall patron who was legally carrying a gun, according to authorities. "The real hero of the day is the citizen that was lawfully carrying a firearm in that food court and was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he began," Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said.
Authorities received the first emergency calls at 6:05 p.m. from the mall in Greenwood, a city with a population of 60,000 14 miles south of Indianapolis.
Who were the Greenwood Park Mall shooting victims?
There were five victims, including the three people killed by the gunman and two who were injured, Ison said.
Monday, the Johnson County Coroner's Office released the names and ages of the Indianapolis residents who died: Pedro Pineda, 56.
Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37.
Victor Gomez, 30. The Pinedas were married, according to authorities.
The youngest injured victim was a 12-year-old girl who suffered a minor wound. Ison said she went home with her parents after the incident and told them about a "scratch" on her back. They called police, and the girl was taken to a hospital, but she's expected to be "just fine," he said.