Emergency personnel gather after a shooting at Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Indiana, U.S. July 17, 2022. Kelly Wilkinson/USA Today Network via REUTERS NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT

At least three people have been shot dead at a mall in Indiana, United States. The alleged shooter was also killed – by an armed civilian, said a police representative on Sunday evening (local time). Three other people were injured. The incident happened at a shopping center in the city of Greenwood on Sunday. The shooter entered the mall’s dining area and opened fire.

It was an adult man, the motive was unclear, it said. According to the information, he had more ammunition with him and a suspicious backpack was found. The alleged shooter was eventually shot dead by a 22-year-old man who was also at the mall and was legally carrying a gun.

It is a “good Samaritan” and a “hero”, according to the police representative. “We are devastated by another incident of this nature in our country, in our city,” he said.

In the USA there is a debate about stricter gun laws – in many states the regulations are very lax. Fatal incidents involving firearms are common. Just two weeks ago, a 21-year-old man opened fire at an Independence Day parade in a Chicago suburb, killing seven people.