On Republican representative from Seymour, Indiana, has set up a GoFundMe account for Elisjsha Dicken, age 22, who was the young man that halted a mass shooting taking place at a mall earlier this month.
Dicken was visiting the mall with his girlfriend in Greenwood when the shooter opened fire on a food court full of unsuspecting people. The armed civilians reacted in just under 15 seconds of the shooter’s first shot, before pulling his 9-millimeter Glock handgun in order to fire off ten rounds and take the shooter down.
“On July 17, a shooter opened fire with a rifle at the food court at Greenwood Mall in Greenwood, Indiana,” explained Rep. Jim Lucas via a post on the page of 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.”
Dicken has retained legal counsel, highlighted Lucas. “I ask for your contribution to help with Eli’s legal and financial challenges that lay ahead of him,” explained the Republican. “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.”
The account, which has been officially confirmed by those at The Republic, has already raised well over $62,000 for Dicken. Lucas stated that he has donated over $500 personally.
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
Guy Relford, an attorney in Indiana, is the one that is representing the young man in his case. Relford has labeled his client “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,” stated a report from Newsweek.
The lawyer made it entirely clear that no “substantive comments” will be issued until the final closure of the investigation, out of respect for the victims.
“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,” stated Relford, calling for privacy from the media.
Jim Ison, the Police Chief for Greenwood, also expressed his thanks to Dicken.
“I will say his actions were nothing short of heroic,” stated the chief.
“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,” concluded Ison.