Three people died and two others were injured Sunday after a man with a rifle opened fire inside a Indiana shopping mall and an armed civilian shot him, reports the Indianapolis Star. The man entered the Greenwood Park Mall with a rifle and several magazines of ammunition and began firing in the food court, said Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison. A mall patron who shot the man with the rifle was a 22-year-old man from Bartholomew County, In. "The real hero of the day is the citizen that was lawfully carrying a firearm in that food court and was able to stop the shooter almost as soon as he began," he said.
One of the wounded was a 12-year-old girl with a minor injury. The other victims ranged in age from early 20s to 30, and all but one were female. The shooting happened in the Greenwood Park Mall's food court around the mall's 6 p.m. closing time. The mall, located in Greenwood, 10 miles south of Indianapolis, has more than 130 indoor and outdoor restaurants and shops. “We are sickened by yet another type of incident like this in our country,” said Indianapolis Assistant Chief of Police Chris Bailey. Chris Roy, assistant manager of a mall shoe store, was working Sunday when he saw people running away from the food court. “So, I jumped over the counter, locked the door, gathered my associates and other managers at the back door,” said Roy, 30. "We just instructed everybody to keep quiet."