Indiana: Armed Good Samaritan Ended Shooting Rampage in 15 seconds- Had Gun Because of Constitutional Carry

GREENWOOD, Ind.- The 22-year-old who stopped a shooter from carrying out a killing spree in a mall was armed because of the state’s constitutional carry law, WTHR reported.

Elisjsha Dicken, who learned to shoot from his grandfather and has no military or police training in firearms, shot and killed shooter Jonathan Thomas Sapirman of Greenwood just after Sapirman emerged from a bathroom at the Greenwood Park Mall and began going on a shooting spree just after 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Thanks to Indiana’s constitutional carry law, Dicken did not have — or require — a permit, WTHR reported.

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“His actions were nothing short of heroic. He engaged the gunman from quite a distance with a handgun. Was very proficient in that, was tactically sound and as he moved to close in on the suspect, he was also motioning for people to exit behind him,” Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said about Dicken’s actions. “Many people would have died last night if not for a responsible armed citizen that took action very quickly within the first two minutes of this shooting.”

Police said Sapirman entered the mall just before 5 p.m. on Sunday. He proceeded to the bathroom at the food court, where he stayed for over an hour. Sapirman emerged from the bathroom just before 6 p.m. and began firing what police say totaled 24 rounds, taking the lives of 56-year-old Pedro Pineda and his 37-year-old wife Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda as well as 30-year-old Victor Gomez, according to WTHR.

A mere 15 seconds after Sapirman began firing, Dicken began firing at him from 40 yards away, unleashing ten rounds, eight of which connected, an autopsy revealed. WTHR reported that Sapirman attempted to retreat into the bathroom but collapsed and died. The autopsy on Sapirman revealed that none of the wounds he suffered were self-inflicted.

Many have referred to Dicken as a “Good Samaritan” for his actions, which saved untold lives on Sunday. Not unexpectedly, anti-gun leftists took to the internet screaming outrage.

“You’d never need a “Good Samaritan” with a gun at Greenwood Park Mall or at any other place if there weren’t any guns to begin with,” tweeted journalist David Leavitt, who referred to Dicken as an “armed vigilante.”


Perhaps Dicken and the rest of us may be excused if we do not wish to participate in David Leavitt’s social experiment. It is increasingly clear that the leftist utopia that anti-gun zealots like Leavitt pursue has no place for self-defense.

Leavitt seems to be implying that you are not to use your Second Amendment rights to protect yourself. And if you get killed at the homicidal whim of someone like Sapirman? Why, what an honor because you died in the noble pursuit of a gun-free America!

No thanks. We value our lives, families, property, and liberties.

Dicken is a case-in-point as to why constitutional carry needs to be nationwide. Gun owners understand this well, and politicians should note that we will be casting our votes to that end in every election we possibly can, whether Leavitt and his fellow travelers like it or not.

As for Dicken himself, all we have to say is: Great shooting, son. Your grandfather taught you well.


    1. Wow, you can’t shoot then. 40 yards is only 120 feet. That is NOT that far. Yeah, you have to be good, but its far from unbelievable.

    2. Spoken by someone who clearly does not shoot! 40 yards is not all that hard with a good hand gun and a bit of experience shooting said firearm.

      I set my targets at 100 feet and 50 feet just to make sure I’m proficient at firing at those distances. The chances of having to defend yourself in a situation just like the one in this article are far greater than one at 5-15 feet.

    3. Obviously, you sir have no real experience in shooting. You opened your mouth and showed everyone reading your comment, that is the case.

  1. 40 yards is nothing for someone who knows how to shoot a good gun. We shoot empty shotgun hulls with my 357 magnum at 50 yards.

  2. I simply want to know what kind of handgun he was using. My standard 3.3 inch barrel 9mm wouldn’t do the job at 40 yds. However my M&P 5 inch at 40 yds. is very doable (red dot) and I’m 70 tears old.

  3. All these bad asses on here. Given the circumstances does it really matter how far away the shots were taken from? This is a win for us gun owners and has showed anti-gun advocates that we have a better chance of stopping mass shootings when good guys have guns. Set your ego aside guys and applaud him 🇺🇸

    1. TOTALLY AGREE with you Alex! Perhaps those who are bickering over the yardage are just “planted “ONLINE here in order to “DISTRACT” from the FACT that WE have the RIGHT to CARRY first so that we can “Neutralize” the mentally Ill mobsters who are the MOST DANGEROUS!!!

  4. Who cares how for away he was, he got the job done!! I hope with all my heart that he is able to deal with this life changing event with no little to no problems.. We all should be praying for him!!!!

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