Gunman kills 3 at Indiana mall; armed bystander kills shooter, police say

A gunman shot and killed three people and injured two others at a mall in Indiana on Sunday evening before he was fatally shot by a bystander, officials said.

The gunman, described as an adult male, was armed with a “long gun” and appears to have acted alone, Chief Jim Ison of the Greenwood Police Department said at a news conference.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired about 6 p.m. local time at the food court in Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, a city just south of Indianapolis.

The two people wounded by the gunfire were hospitalized, Ison said, adding at a second news conference that they were in stable condition.

The victims included one male and four females, Ison said, without specifying which were among the dead or injured. 

Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers said in a statement that one of the injured was a 12-year-old girl with “minor injuries.”

A motive was not yet known, Ison said, but law enforcement had viewed surveillance video of the episode.

A nearby “good Samaritan” shot the gunman, Ison said. He added that the bystander was lawfully carrying a firearm, which he said he believed was a handgun, and “appears to be cooperating fully.”

The bystander “was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he began,” Ison said.

Authorities identified the bystander as a 22-year-old man from Bartholomew County, south of Greenwood.