The Good Samaritan who shot and killed an active shooter inside Greenwood Park Mall in Indiana has been identified.
22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken is being praised as a hero for stopping the mass shooter accused of gunning down three people and wounding two at the mall.
22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken.
The hero who took down the mass shooter in the Greenwood, Indiana mall last night
He was legally carrying under under Indiana's Constitutional Carry law. pic.twitter.com/ZxDT0GzC11
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 18, 2022
Despite being outgunned w/ a 9mm vs an AR-15
He risked his life to do what sheepdogs do and took down the rabid predator
A credit to his community pic.twitter.com/NxFkJF1oN8
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) July 18, 2022
“The gunman, named by the county coroner as Jonathan Sapirman, was shot and killed at the scene by Dicken, who took action only two minutes into the rampage. The mayor and police chief are calling Dicken “the Good Samaritan,” Heavy.com wrote.
In a Monday news conference, the police chief described the dramatic confrontation between Dicken and the shooter, who had opened fire on innocent people who were sitting in the food court. They believe Dicken saved many lives. “His (Dicken’s) actions were nothing short of heroic. He engaged the gunman from quite a distance with a handgun. Was very proficient in that, very tactically sound,” said the Greenwood police chief, Jim Ison, who revealed the shooting was captured on surveillance video. “And, as he moved to close in on the suspect, he was also motioning for people to exit behind him.”
“Many more people would have died last night if not for a responsible armed citizen that took action very quickly within the first two minutes of this shooting,” said Ison.
Watch the press conference HERE.
Dicken was carrying his firearm lawfully, police said, under the state’s new constitutional carry law.
Indiana’s constitutional carry law went into effect on July 1, 2022.
Starting Friday, a permit is no longer required to carry a handgun outside your home or business in Indiana. The new law affects gun owners and the way police can question someone with a gun.
This new “constitutional carry” law was opposed by many in law enforcement, but ultimately passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb earlier this year.
Hoosiers will have the right to bear arms in public without a piece of paper that says they can.
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office published a “Gun Owner’s Bill of Rights” to help Hoosiers understand the law.
“I want everyone to know what the laws are in the state of Indiana, what they can do, what they can’t do and it’s done in an easy question and answer format,” Rokita told 13News.
The mayor wrote that police had confirmed that four people died and two were injured, including a 12-year-old girl who suffered minor injuries. The four deaths include the shooter. The deceased victims were named by the coroner as Pedro Pineda, 56, of Indianapolis; Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37, of Indianapolis; and Victor Gomez, 30, of Indianapolis. The Pinedas were husband and wife.