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Indiana mall hero Elisjsha Dicken returned fire just 15 seconds into mass shooting

The hero of the Indiana mall shooting returned fire and fatally struck gunman Jonathan Sapirman just 15 seconds after the carnage began — not 2 minutes, it was revealed on Tuesday.

Armed bystander Elisjsha Dicken potentially saved countless lives when he opened fire on Sapirman in the Greenwood Park Mall just moments after the gunman stepped out of a bathroom, police clarified in a statement.

Greenwood Police Chief James Ison had originally said the good Samaritan opened fire after two minutes.

Armed bystander Elisjsha Dicken fatally shot gunman Jonathan Sapirman in just 15 seconds after the shooting started at Greenwood Park Mall, it was revealed Tuesday.
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Sapirman killed three people in the Indiana shopping mall on Sunday.
Sapirman allegedly killed three people in the Indiana shopping mall on Sunday.
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“This error was simply a result of misreading notes during the [press] conference,” Ison said Tuesday. “I feel the need to correct this immediately.”

Sapirman killed three people. A husband and wife from Indianapolis — Pedro Pineda, 56, and Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37 — as well as Victor Gomez, 30, were identified as dead.

Police said Monday that Dicken fired at Sapirman from a distance, firing 10 rounds from a handgun after Sapirman emerged from a restroom with a rifle and opened fire on people at a nearby food court.

Police initially said Dicken shot Sapirman two minutes into the shooting.
Police initially said Dicken shot Sapirman two minutes into the shooting.
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The gunman attempted to retreat into the bathroom to take cover, but was struck by Dicken’s bullets and fell to the floor.

Sapirman ultimately died from his wounds.

“The surveillance video shows Sapirman exit the restroom at 5:56:48 p.m.,” Ison said. “He was neutralized by Dicken at 5:57:03 p.m.”

A lawyer for Dicken said Monday that his client wouldn’t be making any comments until police had completed their investigation.

“Because we want to respect the on-going criminal investigation by the Greenwood Police Department and take time to honor the three innocent lives lost, we won’t be making any substantive comments on Sunday’s events until after the authorities’ investigation is closed,” attorney Guy Relford said in a statement.

A memorial to the victims of the shooting at Greenwood Park Mall.
A memorial to the victims of the shooting at Greenwood Park Mall.
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Relford, a firearms instructor and attorney whose practice focuses on second amendment issues, praised his client’s actions.

“He is a true American hero who saved countless lives during a horrific event that could have been so much worse if not for Eli’s courage, preparedness and willingness to protect others,” Relford said.

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