INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities on Monday released the names of the victims and shooter killed over the weekend at Greenwood Park Mall in Indiana.
The shooter, identified as 20-year-old Greenwood resident Jonathan Douglas Sapirman, opened fire in the food court Sunday just before the mall’s 6 p.m. closing time, police said.
The gunman was killed by Elisjsha Dicken, 22, of Seymour, Indiana. The mall patron was legally carrying a gun, according to authorities. Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said Dicken was able to stop the shooter not long after he opened fire.
Authorities received the first emergency calls at 6:05 p.m. from the mall located in the 60,000-population city of Greenwood, which is 14 miles south of Indianapolis.
Here’s what we know about the Greenwood Park Mall shooting:
Who were the Greenwood Park Mall shooting victims?
There were five victims, including the three people killed by the gunman and two who were injured, Ison said.
On Monday, the Johnson County Coroner’s Office released the names and ages of the Indianapolis residents who died:
- Pedro Pineda, 56
- Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37
- Victor Gomez, 30
The Pinedas were a married couple, according to authorities.
The youngest injured victim was a 12-year-old girl who suffered a minor wound.
Ison said she went home with her parents after the incident and later told them about a “scratch” on her back. They called police and the girl was taken to a local hospital, but is expected to be “just fine,” he said.
A woman in her 20s was treated for a leg wound but was in stable condition, per a Monday statement.
What type of weapons were used by the Greenwood Park Mall shooter?
Police on Monday said Sapirman had three guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition when he entered the mall.
Just before 5 p.m., Sapirman entered the bathroom of the mall’s food court, where police said he remained for an hour. As the mall closed, Sapirman came out and shot Gomez outside of the bathroom. Police said Sapirman then shot the Pinedas as they ate dinner.
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Sapirman practiced with the guns that were purchased at a Greenwood gun store on March 8 and 9, according to authorities. The 20-year-old used one Sig Sauer Model 400 rifle during the shooting, but brought two additional weapons in a backpack that remained in the food court. Sapirman fired 24 rounds.
The shooter had no adult criminal record, but had a minor juvenile record including a fight at school and running away. Police have not released a motive.
Police: Greenwood Park Mall shooter tried to destroy evidence
Police said Sapirman tried to destroy electronics in his apartment. FBI officials said after the shooting, they assisted Greenwood police in executing a search warrant at the suspect’s home. He lived at an apartment complex about a mile west of the mall.
Investigators searching the apartment found an oven set to a high temperature. Inside were a laptop and a can of butane.
Although damaged, an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson said the laptop will be sent to Quantico for analysis by the FBI. Investigators also found a cellphone in the apartment’s toilet, officials said.
What did shooting witnesses see?
James Arthur was in the mall with his wife and four children when he said he heard what sounded like 20 rounds go off. He said the shots were fired rapidly and it “sounded like a big gun.”
He said they thought it was a joke until people started running. The family was separated in the chaos as people fled, and Arthur said one of his children saw a body on the ground.
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Chris Roy, assistant manager of the mall’s Van’s shoe store, was working Sunday when he saw people running through the hallway, away from the food court just before closing.
“I jumped over the counter, locked the door, gathered my associates and other managers at the back door,” said Roy, 30.
They hadn’t heard gunshots, but Roy said they saw enough people running to not ask questions. Through the back door they huddled in an interior hallway with about 40 or 50 others, Roy said. After 10 or 15 minutes, police cleared them from the hallway and escorted them out of the mall, he said.
Contributing: Phyllis Cha and Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star