Four persons, including the gunman, were killed on Sunday, July 17, at Indiana mall after a man opened fire in a food court, police said.
“In total, four people were killed and two were injured,” Jim Ison, Chief of Greenwood Police Department was quoted as saying by The New York Times.
Ison told media that the emergency call centre received calls about the shooting in the food court around 6 pm. He added the shooting ended when an armed civilian stopped the gunman.
“It appears that a good Samaritan that was armed observed the shooting in progress and shot the shooter,” he said.
Mayor of Greenwood said in a statement said, “We experienced a mass shooting this evening at the Greenwood Park Mall. The Greenwood Police Department is in control of the scene. I am in direct contact with the command post, and there is no further threat. I would ask the public to please stay away from this area. This tragedy hits at the core of our community.”
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said on Twitter that it was helping the local authorities and urged people to avoid the area.
New bill to tackle gun violence in the US
With increasing incidents of gun violence in the United States, President Joe Biden had said that the US needs to ban assault weapons for the sake of protecting children and families or raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21.
Furthermore, on June 22, a group of US lawmakers reached a much-awaited deal on a bipartisan gun safety bill after recent mass shooting incidents in Uvalde, Buffalo and Texas, that struck a nerve in the country.
The new bill aims to take firearms away from dangerous people and provide billions of dollars in new mental health funding.
The bill does not ban assault-style rifles or significantly expand background-check requirements for gun purchases, but it gives states more resources to take guns away from dangerous individuals.