Police cheered and recognized the 22-year-old who killed the shooter who opened fire on a Greenwood, Indiana, shopping mall.
Jonathan Sapirman, 20, was the gunman who killed three people before being shot dead on Monday.
According to Greenwood Police Chief James Ison, two minutes after the rampage began, Elisjsha Dicken fatally shot Sapirman.
Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers said, “Our city, our community, and our state is grateful for his heroism in this situation.”
“Our city, our community and our state is grateful for his heroism in this situation,” said Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers. https://t.co/7TEKPzBulP
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“He’s a young man processing a lot. I ask that you give him space and time to be able to process what he’s gone through last night,” The Mayor added.
The three victims of the shooting have also been named by the Johnson County coroner: Pedro Pineda, 56, and Rosa Rivera de Pineda, 37, a married couple, and 30-year-old Victor Gomez.
Ison told ABC News, “I am 100% certain many, many more people would’ve died last night if it was not for his heroism.” “The young man had his wits about him, acted very quickly.”
Despite carrying more than 100 rounds of ammunition, the suspect only fired 24 shots before being shot by Dicken, per the police.
The suspect carried three firearms to the shopping center, but he only used a Sig Sauer M400 rifle that he had legally purchased in March. A second semi-automatic gun is said to have been left behind by Sapirman in the mall restroom, where he was observed on surveillance film for an hour prior to the massacre.
In March 2021, he bought that weapon legally. Police say they also discovered a firearm on his body.
The Pinedas were shot while eating supper in the food court, while Gomez was shot outside the lavatory, according to the police.
In addition to those who died, a 12-year-old girl received a minor wound after a bullet fragment struck her in the back and struck a wall, and a 22-year-old woman was shot in the thigh.