GREENWOOD — One of the people shot to death by a gunman at Greenwood Park Mall Sunday was carrying a handgun that he never had a chance to pull, Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison told WRTV.
Victor Gomez was walking in as the gunman was exiting a restroom near the food court when the suspect, Jonathan Douglas Sapirman, shot him to death.
"He (Sapirman) comes out (of a restroom) and the very first person that he sees walking into the restroom, he fires on, (he) shoots, then turns the gun to the food court and starts firing into the food court," Ison said.
Police later found that Gomez was carrying a handgun. Gomez, Ison said, had no chance to pull his gun and defend himself.
“He had no time,” Ison said.
Sapirman fired 24 rounds in about two minutes, Ison said. A bystander, Elisjsha Dicken, pulled a handgun and shot Sapirman to death, police said.
Dicken, who lives in Seymour, fired the first shot from a distance of about 40 to 50 yards, Ison said.
"With a handgun to be that accurate, he was an excellent shot," Ison said. "He (Dicken) then advanced towards the suspect to make sure that he was no longer a threat. As he was moving towards the suspect very tactically, he was motioning for people to exit behind him."
Dicken, 22, has no military or law enforcement training, Ison said. Dicken told investigators that his grandfather taught him how to shoot.
"So this young man has his wits about him. He acted very calmly," Ison said. "Matter of fact, when I first saw it my first question was 'is that a police officer?'”
In the two minutes before Sapirman was stopped, officials said Sapirman killed Gomez, and husband and wife couple Pedro Pineda, 56, and Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37, all of whom live in Indianapolis. A 12-year-old girl suffered a minor injury and another person was hospitalized, police said.
Dicken, Ison said, saved others from being injured or killed.
“I am 100 percent certain that many more people would have died last night if it wasn’t for his heroism.”
Contact WRTV reporter Vic Ryckaert at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: @vicryc.
Fairmount officer resigns after K-9 dies in back of patrol carAccording to Fairmount PD, K-9 Zeusz passed away on September 10 in the back of an Officer's patrol car. Two days later, the officer resigned.
Body of missing Owen County man located in pondChristopher Callas was located in a body of water approximately 40 yards from his residence, according to police.
Man found not guilty in the shooting that killed his girlfriend, injured a manErik Hale was acquitted Wednesday on murder and other charges after a two-day trial in Marion Superior Court, records show.
2 shot within 2 miles on city's east side, at least 1 deadAccording to IMPD, a person was found shot when officers arrived at the location of a reported shooting in the 2600 block of Sherman Drive.