Even as gun control radicals criticize a “good Samaritan” hero, police say a legally armed bystander likely saved scores of lives in an Indiana mass shooting Sunday.
The mass shooting happened around 6 p.m. Sunday in Greenwood, and the gunman was identified as 20-year-old Jonathan Douglas Sapirman. Police say he stayed in a mall bathroom for over an hour before coming out with a rifle.
All three fatalities were local shoppers — husband and wife Pedro Pineda, 56, and Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37, along with Victor Gomez, 30.
Two others were injured, including a 12-year-old girl. Both the Greenwood mayor and police chief lavished praise onto the hero, 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken of Seymour, who was shopping with his girlfriend. That, however, did not stop the criticism from raining down from the left.
CBS4 traffic anchor Justin Kollar castigated those praising Dicken, and tweeted that “killing someone” is not comparable to the Biblical good Samaritan. Does preventing the killing of someone qualify?
Moms Demanding Action founder Shannon Watts posted that the hero “illegally” brought a loaded gun into the mall.
Comedian John Fugelsang criticized the act of self-defense and the “ammosexuals” who support Dicken’s heroic and selfless act. Some critics point to the fact that the mall has a “no weapons” rule.
Indiana attorney and firearms instructor Guy Relford said that, even with the mall’s policy, Dicken was not breaking the law. Only if the customer refuses a specific demand to leave the property do they cross into tresspassing.
The mall itself, despite the “no weapons” policy, noted the “heroic actions of the good Samaritan” who prevented further loss of life.
The shooter had two rifles, a pistol, and over 100 rounds of ammunition. Police Chief Jim Ison said Dicken was “nothing short of heroic.”
The civilian was credited with engaging the shooter from a distance with a handgun — not an easy task — and motioning people to exit as he closed in on the mass shooter. Ison said the hero’s actions were “very proficient…very tactically sound.” It is reported that Dicken had no training.
It is also nearly certain that none of the self-serving critics had loved ones in the Greenwood mall who were saved by the truly good Samaritan. And, for the record, there’s a small town in south Texas that should look into hiring Mr. Dicken to protect its citizens.