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Gunman kills three in Indiana mall before being shot by armed bystander

By Reuters   July 17, 2022 | 06:15 pm PT
A gunman killed three people when he opened fire in the food court of a shopping mall outside Indianapolis on Sunday before a bystander fatally shot the assailant, media reported.

Two other people were injured in the incident, which took place in the early evening at Greenwood Park Mall, the Indianapolis Star reported, citing Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison.

A car drives past police presence outside the Greenwood Park Mall after reports of shots fired, in Greenwood, Indiana, U.S. July 17, 2022 in this screen grab obtained from social media video. Photo by Reuters

A car drives past police presence outside the Greenwood Park Mall after reports of shots fired, in Greenwood, Indiana, U.S. July 17, 2022 in this screen grab obtained from social media video. Photo by Reuters

The paper reported that police believe a bystander who also had a weapon saw the shooting and opened fire on the gunman.

The shooter was alone and had a rifle and several magazines of ammunition, according to the newspaper.

Police did not release the names of the victims, gunman or bystander. Shoppers and mall employees scattered at the sound of gunfire or hid.

The shootings occurred amid widespread concerns over the drumbeat of U.S. shootings in schools, workplaces and public areas that regularly make headlines.

A spate of gun massacres since May at a New York grocery store, a Texas elementary school and an Illinois Independence Day parade have renewed fierce U.S. debate over gun regulations.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will take up proposed legislation this week that would ban certain assault weapons, the panel said on Friday. It is not expected to pass the Senate.

 
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