Jonathan Sapirman, 20, has been identified as the gunman whose bid massacre shoppers at an Indiana mall was cut short as soon as it begun Sapirman tried to shoot up a mall last night using a military-style Sig Sauer
Elisjsha Dicken, a 22-year-old who was shopping with his girlfriend, shot Sapirman dead, two minutes after he opened fire killing three people on Sunday evening
Dicken with neither police nor military training, skillfully shot the gunman dead while gesturing for crowds to evacuate, police said
Sapirman’s motive remains unknown but he had recently been evicted from his apartment
He killed three people using the legally purchased rifle that he has owned since March; he fired 24 rounds
Sapirman waited in the bathroom at Greenwood Park Mall for an hour before he emerged ready to kill
Victims listed as Pedro Pineda, 56, Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37, and Victor Gomez, 30
A good Samaritan has been hailed as a hero after he killed a gunman, 20, who opened fire at an Indiana mall murdering three people.
Elisjsha Dicken, 22, was shopping with his girlfriend at the Greenwood Park Mall in Indiana on Sunday when Jonathan Sapirman, 20, [photo, left], began firing 24 rounds, killing Pedro Pineda, 56, Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37, and Victor Gomez, 30. It’s unclear if he shot them at random or if they were intended targets.
Sapirman waited in the mall bathroom for an hour before he opened fire in the food court using a Sig Sauer 400M rifle that he legally purchased in March this year at a local gun store.
Dicken reacted quickly, pulling out his own handgun and shooting the gunman dead just two minutes after he first opened fire.
‘His actions were nothing short of heroic. He engaged the gunman from quite a distance with a handgun and was very proficient,’ Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said at a press conference on Monday afternoon where he also revealed; that the 20-year-old shooter’s family revealed that he was recently evicted from his home in Indiana.
Sapirman who legally owned two weapons – a Sig Sauer 400M that he bought in March and a handgun that he bought last year – had no adult criminal record, although he was known to police as a juvenile for fighting at school and trying to runaway.
He’d stashed his cell phone in the bathroom where he spent an hour before emerging ready to kill. However, when he emerged and started firing, he was stopped within two minutes by 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken.
Dicken who was shopping with his girlfriend and who pulled out his own weapon when he saw the gunman open fire, and while he had no law enforcement or military training, Dicken was ‘proficient’ in taking down the gunman. police said.
Chief Ison added that Dicken had no law enforcement or military training, but video showed him calmly gesturing for crowds to evacuate while he trained his weapon on Sapirman.
‘He is a true American hero who saved countless lives during a horrific event that could have been so much worse if not for Eli’s courage, preparedness and willingness to protect others,’ Dicken’s lawyer, Guy Relford, said.
Sapirman had no adult criminal record but he was known to police for two incidents that occurred when he was a juvenile; one involving a fight in school and one that involved him running away from home. His family has not commented on the incident.
He had recently been evicted from his apartment, according to his family.
Reports say Jonathan Sapirman opened fire on the crowd in the Greenwood Park Mall food court, killing three people before he was brought down by Elisjsha Dicken: ‘It appears that he had a rifle with several magazines of ammunition, entered the food court and began shooting,’ Police Chief Jim Ison said at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
In total, four people were killed in the shooting at Greenwood Park Mall, including the gunman. As of Sunday afternoon emergency personnel continued to work through the scene at the Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana as they removed the bodies including of the male suspect identified as 20-year-old Jonathan Sapirman.
The man who shot and killed the suspected mass shooter dead has been identified as Eli Dicken.
The town of Greenwood, Indiana, is located around 15 miles south of Indianapolis.
Chris Roy, the assistant manager of the Vans store in the mall, relayed a similar story.
Roy said that when he saw people running he ‘jumped over the counter, locked the door, gathered my associates and other managers at the back door.’ He said that while they hadn’t heard gunshots, seeing people running was enough.
Through the back of the store, the Vans staff met staff and customers from other stores through an interior hallway. In total, Roy said that he stayed hidden with around 50 other people. He added: ‘We just instructed everybody to keep quiet.’
After about 10 or 15 minutes of hiding, police cleared them from the hallway and escorted them out of the shopping mall.
The police chief told reporters: ‘It appears that he had a rifle with several magazines of ammunition, entered the food court and began shooting.
An investigation into the attack is on-going, with the FBI, ATF, Department of Homeland security and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police all assisting.
Chief Ison said that officials are studying security footage showing the moments before the shooting.
Officers were called shortly before 6 p.m. to Greenwood Park Mall, where gunshots were reportedly fired in the food court, assistant chief of police Chris Bailey said at a brief news conference earlier on Sunday.
Authorities searched the mall for any other victims or for those who may have been hiding, but Bailey said he believes the shooting was contained to the food court.
Bailey said at the press conference: ‘You are seeing the best that public safety has to offer right now behind us. We are sickened by yet another type of incident like this in our country, in our city.’ He continued: ‘We are sickened by yet another type of incident like this in our country.
Officials said the suspicious backpack was found in a bathroom close to where the shooting unfolded beside a Dick’s Sporting Goods store. It was investigated by the bomb squad before being deemed to not be a threat.
‘We experienced a mass shooting this evening at the Greenwood Park Mall,’ Mark Myers, the mayor of Greenwood, Indiana, said in a statement.
Myers thanked the good Samaritan for his quick action, and asked for ‘prayers to the victims and our first responders.’
‘This tragedy hits at the core of our community,’ he said.
The mayor said that while the shooter’s motive remains a mystery ‘we do know that someone we are calling the ‘Good Samaritan’ was able to shoot the assailant and stop further bloodshed. This person saved lives tonight. On behalf of the City of Greenwood, I am grateful for his quick action and heroism in this situation.’
Sunday’s shooting is the latest attack 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.
It comes just weeks after a gunman opened fire on a July 4 parade in an affluent Chicago suburb, killing seven people and injuring at least three dozen.