Three people were killed at a mall in Greenwood, Ind., in a mass shooting that ended when another armed individual fatally shot the gunman, city authorities said.
Two additional people were hospitalized nearby, Chief Jim Ison of the Greenwood Police Department said. The authorities did not indicate a motive for the shooting and did not identify the gunman, except as an adult male.
“We experienced a mass shooting this evening at the Greenwood Park Mall,” Mayor Mark Myers said. “The Greenwood Police Department is in control of the scene. I am in direct contact with the command post, and there is no further threat.”
He asked the public to stay away from the area.
“This tragedy hits at the core of our community,” Mr. Myers said. “Please offer your prayers to the victims and our first responders.”
Mr. Ison said at a news conference on Sunday that the local emergency call center began to receive calls about the shooting in the food court around 6 p.m. He said the shooting ended when an armed civilian stopped the gunman. “It appears that a good Samaritan that was armed observed the shooting in progress and shot the shooter.”
He added that investigators and other personnel would not process the crime scene at the mall until a state bomb squad could determine whether a “suspicious” backpack that was left in a mall bathroom was dangerous.
The police said on Facebook that they were seeking witnesses to the shooting.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said on Twitter that it was helping the local authorities and urged people to avoid the area.
It said multiple agencies were working to clear the mall, which is about 15 miles south of Indianapolis.