The shooter fired into a crowded food court in Greenwood, Indiana, leaving three dead and two wounded, including a 12-year-old girl.
This time, the assailant did not end up committing suicide, nor did he die at the hands of the police. To the relief of those present, he was shot dead by an armed civilian before he could cause any further damage.
Greenwood police chief reported that the man entered the food court with a rifle and started shooting at people unprovoked. Although the police responded to the shooting around 6 p.m., the armed civilian had already saved the day. He was later identified as 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken.
The mass shooter was identified as Jonathan Douglas Sapirman, 20.
This is one of many shootings that have once again sparked debates about gun laws in the United States. Recent massacres like those at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, at the grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, have made this debate even more meaningful.
Indianapolis Assistant Chief of Police, Chris Bailey, said: "We are sickened by yet another type of incident like this in our country."
The Indiana Metropolitan police have been investigating the incident at Greenwood and have reportedly confiscated a suspicious backpack found at the scene.
There have been many questions about the right of civilians to carry firearms and the effect that would have on gun crimes.
There was a widespread backlash from democrats when the supreme court struck down restrictions on concealed carry permits in New York.
According to Kathy Hochul, the Governor of New York, some other more specific requirements must be met before an applicant is allowed to possess a weapon. These new requirements might include accessing and perusing an applicant's social media history.
Some have said that the "good guy" who shot down the mass shooter in Greenwood is a myth. But then, studies show that in the United States alone, guns are used in self-defense between 500,000 to 3 million times each year.
At a news conference the following Monday afternoon, Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison said: "Many more people would've died last night if not for a responsibly armed citizen that took action very quickly, within the first two minutes of this shooting."