Around 6:00 p.m. local time, several people called 911 to report an active shooter at Greenwood Park Mall, Greenwood Police Department Chief Jim Ison told reporters.
Investigators believe the unidentified shooter, an adult male, was shot by an armed “good Samaritan” who “watched the shooting in progress,” Ison said.
Olivia Harding said she was at the Old Navy in the mall when she and her mother heard four gunshots and thought the carousel nearby was down.
“The next thing you know, you hear about six more shots and you see everyone running,” Harding told CNN affiliate WISH. Harding said she doesn’t think she’ll be back at a mall “for a very long time.”
The shooter appears to have used a long gun, according to Ison, although law enforcement did not recover any weapons from the scene as he spoke to reporters, he said.
Tactical teams are clearing the mall and the scene will be reviewed by investigators once that process is complete, Ison said.
Police are still investigating what led to the mass shooting and are interviewing people who were inside the mall at the time of the attack, police said. They are asking all witnesses to contact authorities and have asked that the public stay away from the mall at this time.
“This tragedy strikes at the heart of our community,” Greenwood Mayor Mark Meyers said in a Facebook post. “Please offer your prayers to the victims and our first responders.”
Multiple agencies responded to the scene and are assisting with the incident, including the FBI, ATF, Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Homeland Security, Ison said.
This is a developing story and will be updated.