Three people were killed and three others injured on Sunday when an individual opened fire at an Indiana mall, officials said.
“We witnessed a mass shooting tonight at Greenwood Park Mall”said Mark Myersthe mayor of Greenwood, Indiana, in a statement. “Now we have three dead and three injured”, he added. Mr Myers said the shooter was shot by “an armed individual”.
The attack is the latest in a wave of gun violence to grip the United States, where around 40,000 deaths a year are caused by firearms, according to Gun Violence Archive.
It comes just weeks after a gunman opened fire during a July 4 parade in an affluent suburb of Chicagokilling seven people and injuring at least thirty.
The shooting followed two massacres in May that saw 10 black people gunned down at a supermarket in upstate New Yorkand 19 children and two teachers killed in a primary school in Texas.
The recent spike in violence has reignited the contentious debate over gun regulation.