Who was Jonathan Sapirman? Indiana mall gunman, 20, had 3 legally purchased guns and often went to gun range
Sapirman's parents told the investigators that 'there were no indicators he was violent or unstable'
GREENWOOD, INDIANA: On Sunday afternoon, July 17, a young man, strapped with a firearm and a handful of ammunition, unloaded his weapon in the food court of Greenwood Park Mall, which is 15 miles south of Indianapolis. The shooter left three victims dead, and two injured. However, his rampage soon came to an end when another civilian who had a legal handgun on him, shot down the shooter. The shooter was pronounced dead on the scene. Police have now confirmed his identity to be Jonathan "Douglas" Sapirman. The man who shot Sapirman was identified as Elisjsha Dicken.
In a press conference reported by MSNBC on Monday, July 18, Greenwood Chief James Ison Sapirman fired 24 rounds from a legally owned rifle and killed Pedro Pineda, 56, Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37, and Victor Gomez, 30, and injured a 12-year-old girl. He was then gunned down by a 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken, who was called a "good Samaritan" by Chief Ison and hailed for his quick thinking. Chief Ison explained that Sapirman's family told the investigators that he was regular at a local firing range, called Range USA, for the past 2 years, and was the same place where he often bought his ammunition from. Sapirman used Sig Sauer Model M400 5.56-caliber rifle, purchased on March 8, 2022, and had almost a hundred rounds of fire as per the chief. The second weapon, which he didn't use and was recovered from the bathroom was an M&P15 5.56 rifle, purchased on March 9, 2021. Chief Ison revealed that Sapirman also had a Glock 33 3.57 caliber pistol.
Chief Ison also explained that Sapirman walked or booked an Uber to the mall. His family told the investigators that he didn't drive and mostly used those 2 modes of transportation for wherever he had to go. Chief Ison explained that the 20-year-old shooter reached the mall an hour before the incident, 4.54 pm on Sunday, and stashed his cellphone in the washroom where he waited for almost 62 minutes. He brought his second firearm to the scene but couldn't use it, which leads one to believe that he was prepared to cause more damage. In additional information, the chief revealed that Dicken shot 10 rounds of fire.
WATCH: Officials give update on mall shooting in Indiana. Shooting victims identified as husband and wife Pedro Pineda, 56, and Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37; and Victor Gomez, 30. https://t.co/Skp6rw6uKH pic.twitter.com/K8mUiylbEa— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 18, 2022
Who was Jonathan Sapirman?
Twenty-year-old Jonathan Sapireman had some previous trouble with the law. Chief Ison explained that while he didn't have any adult criminal record, he was a juvenile offender which included 2 incidents - one was a fight at school and the second was running away from home. His family has not given any additional information on it. However, it was unearthed that he had recently quit a job in May from a warehouse position and it's being investigated if he was being evicted from his apartment or not, as he lived alone. Chief Ison revealed that his parents told the investigators that "There were no indicators he was violent or unstable."
Police identify the Greenwood Park Mall Shooter as 20-year-old Jonathan Sapirman. He had two rifles, a glock,— Rachael Wilkerson (@Rach_TV_) July 18, 2022
multiple magazines and over 100 rounds of ammunition on him according to Greenwood PD. pic.twitter.com/8lp4hP4kYZ
As of now, the police don't know whether his motives were intentional or not, or the fact that the victims were deliberate victims or random. But before he could kill more people, he was gunned down by Elisjsha Dicken. Chief Ison, during the press conference, complimented the 22-year-old man and said, "His actions were nothing short of heroic. He engaged the gunman from quite a distance with a handgun and was very proficient." The police are hard at work with their investigation into Jonathan Sapireman.