A state Republican lawmaker in Indiana has set up a GoFundMe account for a young man who has been credited with stopping a mass shooting at a mall near Indianapolis earlier this month.
According to The Daily Wire, 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken was at a mall in Greenwood with his girlfriend when a shooter armed with a rifle began shooting at people in a food court. Dicken, armed with a handgun under the state’s newly enacted ‘constitutional carry’ law, responded and stopped the attack within 15 seconds of the first shot being fired, using a 9mm Glock pistol and firing at least 10 rounds, killing the shooter.
“On July 17, a shooter opened fire with a rifle at the food court at Greenwood Mall in Greenwood, Indiana,” Rep. Jim Lucas noted on the GoFundMe account. “Tragically, [three] innocent people were killed, but countless other lives were saved because of the heroism of Eli Dicken’s incredible bravery by acting without hesitation to engage the shooter. Eli neutralized the threat, ending the deadly force situation.”
Lucas went on to say that Dicken has retained legal counsel.
“I ask for your contribution to help with Eli’s legal and financial challenges that lay ahead of him,” the Republican lawmaker added. “EVERY PENNY of your donation goes to Eli to be used for his legal defense, counseling, potential time off of work or whatever financial challenges he may be faced with.”
As of this writing, more than $70,000 has been raised for Dicken. Lucas donated $500 himself.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN—“A Good Guy With A Gun”
Elisjsha Dicken, 22 years old, has been cited as the hero who saved lives when he used his concealed carry weapon to stop a mass shooter firing into a crowded food court, in Greenwood Park Mall on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/xVnzRH8kXQ
— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) July 19, 2022
Indiana attorney Guy Relford is representing Dicken, reports, said.
Relford has described his client as “a true American hero who saved countless lives during a horrific event that could have been so much worse if not for Eli’s courage, preparedness and willingness to protect others,” Newsweek reported.
Relford also went on to say that he would not make any “substantive comments” until the police formally close their investigation, out of respect for the victims of the attack.
“Because we want to respect the on-going criminal investigation by the Greenwood Police Department and take time to honor the three innocent lives lost, we won’t be making any substantive comments on Sunday’s events until after the authorities’ investigation is closed,” Relford said, asking for privacy from the media.
Thus far, however, Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison has praised Dicken for his quick action, which he suggested was directly responsible for saving lives.
“I will say his actions were nothing short of heroic,” the chief said.
“He engaged the gunman from quite a distance with a handgun, was very proficient in that, very tactically sound, and as he moved to close in on the suspect he was also motioning for people to exit behind him,” Ison explained.
The Indianapolis Star added:
Greenwood leaders have used several titles to describe Elisjsha Dicken, the 22-year-old Indiana man who intervened in a mass shooting at the Greenwood Park Mall on Sunday night.
A hero. A good Samaritan, even.
Gun-rights advocates have yet another: A good guy with a gun.
“I’m grateful a good guy with a gun was there to prevent further casualties and am praying for the families who lost loved ones in this senseless tragedy,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican who represents Fort Wayne and the northeast parts of the state.