Shooting at Indiana shopping mall leaves 3 dead, 2 injured

Three people are dead and two others injured after a shooter opened fire in the food court of a Greenwood, Indiana, shopping mall Sunday evening, police say.

Around 6:00pm local time multiple people called 911 to report an active shooter at the Greenwood Park Mall, Greenwood Police Department Chief Jim Ison told reporters.

Investigators believe the unidentified gunman, an adult man, was shot and killed by a lawfully armed 22-year-old man who “observed the shooting in progress,” Ison said.

The victims include one male and four females, including a 12-year-old girl whose parents brought her to the hospital with minor injuries after the shooting, the chief said, noting she is expected to be “just fine.” The second injured victim was hospitalized and in stable condition as of Sunday evening, Ison said.

The gunman appears to have used a long-gun rifle, according to Ison, though law enforcement had not recovered any weapons from the scene at the time he was speaking to reporters, he said.

There have been 350 mass shootings this year, according to Gun Violence Archive which defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are shot, not including the shooter.

SWAT teams have cleared the mall and determined there are no additional threats in the building, Ison said, noting that investigators are now processing the crime scene.

Police are still investigating the shooter’s motive and questioning people who were inside the mall at the time of the attack, police said.

They are asking all witnesses to contact authorities and have requested that the public stay away from the mall at this time.

“This tragedy hits at the core of our community,” Greenwood Mayor Mark Meyers said in a Facebook post. “Please offer your prayers to the victims and our first responders.”