Indiana police say ‘Good Samaritan’ took out mall shooter in 15 seconds, landed 8 of 10 shots

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Indiana police say ‘Good Samaritan’ took out mall shooter in 15 seconds, landed 8 of 10 shots

By Michael Lee

July 20, 2022

Police say it took Elisjsha Dicken just 15 seconds to neutralize a man who opened fire on shoppers at an Indiana mall — quick action they believe saved countless lives.

“The time lapse between the moment that Jonathan Sapirman exited the restroom and began shooting, and when he was shot by the civilian was only fifteen seconds, not two minutes,” Greenwood Police Chief James Ison said Tuesday in a statement. “The surveillance video shows Sapirman exit the restroom at 5:56:48pm. He was neutralized by Dicken at 5:57:03 pm.”

The statement corrects a previous police timeline in which authorities said the incident lasted two minutes. Police also revealed that a preliminary autopsy report on the gunman showed that he was struck eight times and died of his wounds, meaning Dicken only missed the shooter twice despite engaging the threat from a distance.

Police say the gunman was armed with two rifles, a Glock pistol, and was carrying at least 100 rounds of ammunition with him. Sapirman killed three people before being quickly neutralized by Dicken, who began closing the distance on the shooter as he waved for bystanders to flee behind him.

Ison said that Dicken’s actions were “heroic” and “very tactically sound” despite him having no police or military background.

“Many more people would have died last night if not for a responsible armed citizen who took action within the first two minutes of this shooting,” Ison said.

Guy Relford, an attorney hired to represent Dicken, said he was proud of his client’s actions at the mall.

“I am proud to serve as Eli Dickens’ attorney and spokesperson,” Relford said in a statement. “He is a true American hero who saved countless lives during a horrific event that could have been so much worse if not for Eli’s courage, preparedness and willingness to protect others.”

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Police identify armed ‘good Samaritan’ who killed Greenwood mall shooting suspect

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Police identify armed ‘good Samaritan’ who killed Greenwood mall shooting suspect

By Dylan Stableford

July 18, 2022

A day after a gunman killed three people at a mall in Greenwood, Ind., officials identified the victims, suspect and armed bystander who fatally shot the gunman before he was able to kill more people.

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said Elisjsha Dicken, 22, of Seymour, Ind., was shopping with his girlfriend at the Greenwood Park Mall when shots rang out in the food court on Sunday just before 6 p.m. local time.

“His actions were nothing short of heroic,” Ison said. “Many more people would have died last night had an armed citizen not taken action within two minutes of the shooting.”

The first gunman, identified by police as 20-year-old Jonathan Douglas Sapirman of Greenwood, entered a food court restroom with a backpack at 4:54 p.m. ET. He exited the restroom an hour and two minutes later with a rifle and fired 24 rounds, Ison said, killing 30-year-old Victor Gomez, 56-year-old Pedro Pineda and his 37-year-old wife, Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda.

Two other people, including a 12-year-old, were wounded or grazed by bullets or bullet fragments, Ison said.

Dicken confronted the gunman, who was trying to retreat back into the restroom, Ison said, firing 10 rounds from a handgun he was licensed to carry.

“He engaged the gunman from quite a distance with a handgun,” Ison said, adding that Dicken is “very proficient” and “tactically sound,” despite having no known police or military training.

According to Ison, Dicken told mall security that he had shot the gunman, and waited for police to arrive. He was handcuffed and taken to police headquarters, where he was interviewed. Officers were able to corroborate his story using footage from security cameras, Ison said.

At the scene, police recovered a second rifle, Glock pistol and over 100 rounds of ammunition purchased legally by Sapirman in Greenwood within the past two years, Ison said. They also recovered the gunman’s cellphone, which they believe he dropped in the toilet.

During a subsequent search of the suspect’s rented apartment, a SWAT team found the oven on with a laptop and butane canister inside.

The cellphone and laptop were turned over to the FBI for analysis, Ison said.

Investigators have not been able to establish a motive for the shooting.

Ison said that the 20-year-old suspect had a juvenile record but no criminal history as an adult. Sapirman resigned from his job at a warehouse in May, and family members told police that they believe he was recently served an eviction notice.

Still, according to Ison, the suspect’s relatives were “just as surprised as anyone” and had no indication he was violent or unstable.

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