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Indiana Mall Shooting: What We Know About The Armed ‘Hero’ Bystander

PoliticsIndiana Mall Shooting: What We Know About The Armed 'Hero' Bystander

A gunman was about to go on a killing spree at the Indiana shopping mall’s food court Sunday evening.

The gunman killed three and injured two, including a 12-year-old girl who reportedly suffered minor injuries.

The gunman should have killed more than that if not for an armed bystander who fired back and fatally shot the gunman.

This is what we know so far about the hero, Elisjsha Dicken.

Who is Elisjsha Dicken? Dicken, 22, from Seymore, was shopping at the mall when the incident happened.

  • According to his Facebook profile, Dicken lives in Columbus, Indiana.
  • He attended CSA New Tech High School in the same city.
  • He has no military background or police training but demonstrated smart and brave instincts.

How is he carrying a gun “legally?” As of July 1, Indiana’s “Constitutional Carry” bill repeals the law that requires a person to obtain a license to carry a handgun.

  • Dickens is carrying a 9mm Glock handgun.
  • He was technically not allowed to bring a gun to the mall, a weapons-free area. However, the mall issued a statement expressing gratitude towards Dickens’ intervention because of Sunday’s shooting incident.

Who was killed during the shooting? The gunman fatally shot three people, including a husband and wife, according to the New York Post.

  • A couple from Indianapolis, Pedro Pineda, 56, and Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37, were killed.
  • Victor Gomez, 30, was also killed when the gunman opened fire on shoppers.

Who are the survivors? A 22-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl were injured during the incident.

  • The woman was shot in the leg and recovering in an area hospital.
  • The girl was struck in the back with a bullet fragment that ricocheted off a wall. She received medical treatment.

Who is the gunman? Jonathan Sapirman, 20, opened fire on shoppers inside the Greenwood Park Mall shortly before 6 p.m.

  • Sapirman recently quit his job at a warehouse and was facing eviction from his home.
  • He has no criminal record other than minor juvenile run-ins.
  • He fired an AR-15-style rifle for two minutes before being fatally shot.
  • Relatives said Sapirman wasn’t violent or unstable.


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