Good Samaritan Called ‘Hero’ — Stops Shooter at Greenwood Park Mall


An active shooter carrying a long gun shot and killed three people before a lawfully armed bystander fatally shot him in the food court of the Greenwood Park Mall in Indiana Sunday evening.

Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison told the Indianapolis Star that two other people were also injured in the incident.

‘It appears that he had a rifle with several magazines of ammunition, entered the food court and began shooting,’ Ison said.

The “good Samaritan” who shot the man with the rifle was a 22-year-old man from Bartholomew County, Indiana, Ison added.

“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,” Ison said.

Ison was immediately criticized on social media for calling the man who stopped the mass shooter a “good Samaritan” even though he saved countless lives.

13WTHR reported that in all, four people were killed, including the shooter.

The three victims who died were identified as Pedro Pineda,56, his wife, Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37, and Victor Gomez,30.

The shooter was identified as Jonathan Douglas Sapirman, 20, of Greenwood.

13WTHR summarized the events as follows:

  • Sapirman had two rifles and a handgun. He was also carrying several magazines of ammunition. He only used one rifle during the shooting.
  • Sapirman reportedly entered the mall at 4:54pm on July 17. He went into the bathroom where he remained for two hours and two minutes. Police reported finding Sapirman’s cell phone in the toilet in the bathroom.
  • Sapirman left the bathroom and shot and killed Gomez. He then started firing into the food court, striking and killing the Pinedas. Two other people were injured during the shooting including a 12-year-old girl who was struck by a bullet fragment.
  • Sapirman fired 24 rounds during the course of the shooting.
  • at 5:57pm, Elisjsha Dicken, an armed civilian bystander with no police training or military background, fired on Sapirman. Dicken fired 10 rounds hitting Sapirman and killing him.

Dicken was carrying without a permit under the new Constitutional Carry law.

At this time, there is no information regarding a potential motive for the shooting.

About the author:
John Thomas is a U.S. Navy veteran, and a former prosecutor and defense attorney with over 20 years of experience in state and federal courts. He has handled everything from traffic tickets to first-degree murder cases and is a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights and the rights of individuals to defend themselves, their families and their property.

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