Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said a shooter opened fire in the food court of a retail center near Indianapolis on Sunday before being fatally shot by a bystander.
According to the Indianapolis Star, two additional individuals were hurt in the early evening incident at Greenwood Park Mall.
“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 to reporters. The armed onlooker, he said, was a 22-year-old guy.
According to the publication, the gunman was alone and armed with a weapon and multiple magazines of ammo.
The identities of the victims, shooter, and bystander were not released by police. When they heard gunshots, shoppers and mall personnel fled or hid.
The shootings happened amid widespread concern about the steady stream of shootings in schools, workplaces, and other places in the United States that make headlines on a daily basis.
Since May, a string of gun atrocities at a New York grocery store, a Texas elementary school, and an Illinois Independence Day celebration have reignited a heated debate in the United States over gun control.
The United States House Judiciary Committee said on Friday that it would consider proposed legislation to prohibit some assault weapons this week. It is unlikely to pass the Senate.