Camerota responds to hero who likely saved many lives: ‘Are we all supposed to rely on an armed 22-yr-old?’

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CNN’s Alisyn Camerota evidently just couldn’t stomach praise being heaped on a good Samaritan with a gun who stopped a mass shooting in an Indiana mall and had to make a point that his actions shouldn’t be necessary.

The shooting occurred at a mall in Greenwood, Indiana on Sunday at about 6 p.m. and ended with three victims shot and killed and the shooter taken down by a good guy who was legally carrying a gun. He was carrying under the new “Constitutional Carry” law and did not have a permit.

Rather than celebrating the fact that the young man stopped further carnage, Camerota declared we shouldn’t have to rely on self-defense in situations like the one at that mall.

Elisjsha Dicken, 22, shot and killed the suspect, Jonathan Douglas Sapirman, 20 before he could make another kill.

The shooter reportedly brought a number of weapons with him to the mall and started firing on innocent bystanders, according to WTHR. He was packing two rifles, a handgun, and extra magazines and ammunition.

“Four people are dead and police tell 13News the shooter is among those killed,” the media outlet reported. “Those dead are Pedro Pineda, 56, and his wife, 37-year-old Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, and 30-year-old Victor Gomez.”

“Police said Sapirman entered the mall at 4:54 p.m. on July 17. He immediately entered the bathroom at the food court and stayed there for an hour and two minutes. His cell phone was found submerged in a toilet in the bathroom,” WTHR noted.

“Sapirman left the bathroom, he shot and killed Gomez. Sapirman then fired into the food court hitting and killing the Pinedas. He fired more shots into the food court area and wounded another person and a bullet fragment hit a 12-year-old girl. Police said Sapirman fired 24 rounds during the shooting,” the station added.

Dicken was in the food court when the shooting began. He fired ten rounds from the gun he was carrying, taking down the suspect. Authorities widely praised him for saving lives. Camerota, not so much.

“His actions were nothing short of heroic. He engaged the gunman from quite a distance with a handgun. Was very proficient in that, was tactically sound and as he moved to close in on the suspect, he was also motioning for people to exit behind him,” Greenwood Police Chief Jim Ison commented in a statement concerning Dicken’s actions. “Many people would have died last night if not for a responsible, armed citizen that took action very quickly within the first two minutes of this shooting.”

“This has shaken us to our core. This isn’t something we’ve seen in Greenwood before. It is absolutely horrendous,” Ison stated. He said that they have trained for active shooter situations like this and he was proud of the response from law enforcement.

CNN Newsroom co-host Victor Blackwell joined Camerota to report on the news story.

“Police said that the gunman had a high capacity magazine, and had this bystander not intervened when he did so quickly, more people could have been killed,” Blackwell stated.

Camerota then made her anti-Second Amendment remark, taking a gratuitous slap at gun rights, “I mean, but are we all supposed to rely on an armed 22-year-old in the food court?”

“Shouldn’t have to,” Blackwell told her.

They do have a point. If more people had been legally armed, they likely wouldn’t have had to rely on that 22-year-old. But it’s a sure bet a lot of people there were very glad he had a gun on him and was brave enough to stop a deranged killer.

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