Another shooting in the United States. Three people died Sunday in a shopping center, after an individual opened fire. The latter was shot dead by a legally armed passerby.
Three people were killed and two others injured on Sunday when an individual opened fire at a shopping center in the US state of Indiana, officials said. The shooter was shot dead by “an armed individual”.
“We witnessed a mass shooting tonight at Greenwood Park Mall,” Mark Myers, Mayor of Greenwood, Indiana, said in a statement. Greenwood Police posted a message on their Facebook page asking witnesses to the shooting to contact them with information.
An armed passerby ended the attack
The shooter, who has not been identified, entered the mall’s food court around 6:00 p.m. (2200 GMT), armed with a rifle and multiple rounds of ammunition, and opened fire, Jim Ison said. , Chief of Police of Greenwood.
Among the injured is a 12-year-old girl, Mr. Ison said, adding that no reason had been established. “Four deaths have been confirmed,” he added, adding that the initial shooter was among those killed.
Jim Ison hailed the intervention of the armed passerby who put an end to the attack, calling the 22-year-old a “good Samaritan”. “The real hero of the day is the citizen who was legally carrying a gun in this food court and was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he started,” he said.
40,000 deaths per year caused by firearms
“It shook us to the core. It’s not something we’ve seen in Greenwood before,” he added. “It’s absolutely awful.” It is the latest attack in a wave of gun violence in the United States, where approximately 40,000 deaths a year are caused by firearms, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
It comes two weeks after a gunman opened fire during a July 4 parade in an upscale Chicago suburb, killing seven people and injuring at least 30. This attack also follows two killings in May, in which ten African Americans were shot dead in a supermarket in upstate New York, and 19 children and two teachers killed in an elementary school in Texas.
The recent surge in gun violence has reignited the debate over gun regulation. A U.S. House of Representatives committee is due to consider a bill this week to ban assault weapons for the first time in nearly 20 years. A ten-year federal ban on assault weapons expired in 2004.