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Elisjsha Dicken – The Good Guy with a Gun at the Greenwood Mall

There is more to the story about the good guy with a gun at the Greenwood Park Mall on Sunday evening, things which bring a fresh perspective to light that the left absolutely hates. Elisjsha Dicken, (“Eli”) 22, told news media that his grandfather taught him how to shoot. He has no military or police training, but he certainly has excellent situational awareness. He shot and killed a rifle-toting murderer with his handgun with 10 shots from several yards away. Just seconds after the man opened-fire at the Food Court.

How it went down:

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.
…“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 the fatalities.
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.
The gunman attempted to retreat into the bathroom to take cover, but was struck by Dicken’s bullets and fell to the floor.

NY Post

Jonathan Sapirman, 20, the gunman, went into the bathroom at the mall and spent approximately 62 minutes preparing for his attack, and came out firing. Dicken was at the Food Court while his girlfriend, Shay Goldman, was coming out of the restroom. She saw the man with the long gun and told her Grandmother that she had a “sickening feeling.”

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

Greenwood Police Chief James Ison

Elisjsha (Eli) immediately told her to “get down” and pushed her. She hid behind a kiosk. Then he steadied himself against a pole and opened fire on the attacker. 10 shots from a handgun approximately 40 yards away. The suspect tried to flee back into the bathroom, but collapsed on the floor. Eli also directed people away from the shooting.

Dicken had Situational awareness, Leadership, Action, and Competency… all qualities necessary in an emergency situation like that in the Greenwood Park Mall.

As soon as the shooting stopped, his girlfriend jumped up and began tending to the wounded. [She’s been a nursing student for the last two years, according to her grandmother.]

Had the Indiana carry law went into effect just one month later, the body count would have been significantly higher. And yes, most malls are “gun free zones.” But according to WXIN, it’s not against the law to ignore the no firearms signs under Indiana’s permitless carry statute. The Greenwood Park Mall, the people in it that day, and police are thankful that Elisjsha Dicken did exactly that and neutralized the threat. It would have taken longer to dial 911. The 2nd Amendment did its job.

15 Seconds to stop an active shooter. 15 Seconds in which the criminal killed 3 people and wounded 2 others. “When seconds count, police are only minutes away.”

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H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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