“The term Good Samaritan was written by a man who stopped on the side of the road for an injured man and was ignored,” said CBS4 traffic anchor JustinKollar on Monday. “I can’t believe someone killing someone can be considered a murderer… my God”.
The shooting at a suburban Indianapolis shopping mall on Sunday, in which three people were killed before a man who was legally carrying a pistol killed the man, has causedKollar’s comment. According to reports on Monday, the man who halted the shooting was in violation of the mall’s gun policy.
The man who saved several lives by shooting the shooter was thanked by the mayor for his quick action and heroism.
“Someone we are calling the ‘Good Samaritan’ was able to shoot the assailant and stop further bloodshed,” Meyers said in a statement. “This person saved lives tonight. On behalf of the City of Greenwood, I am grateful for his quick action and heroism in this situation.”
Some Critics criticized the man’s actions even though he was supposedly responsible for putting a stop to the mass shooting.
“The Good Samaritan paid for an unknown immigrant’s health care out of pocket,” comedian John Fugelsang wrote on Twitter . “The Good Samaritan did not shoot anyone. Jesus was not a fan of killing for any reason, including self-defense. But if these ammosexuals had ever read the Bible, they couldn’t support the GOP or NRA.”
“I don’t know who needs to hear this but when a 22-year-old illegally brings a loaded gun into a mall and kills a mass shooter armed with an AR-15 after he already killed three people and wounded others is not a ringing endorsement of our implementation of the Second Amendment,” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said on Twitter .
Despite the man’s apparent lack of regard for mall rules, he was praised by the people from the park mall for his actions.
“We grieve for the victims of yesterday’s horrific tragedy in Greenwood. Violence has no place in this or any other community. We are grateful for the strong response of the first responders, including the heroic actions of the Good Samaritan who stopped the suspect,” a mall spokesperson said.