The heroics go beyond Eli Dicken, apparently his girlfriend contributed too.
As police rushed shoppers at Greenwood Park Mall to safety Sunday evening after a mass shooting, 19-year-old Shay Golden’s grandmother was getting frightening calls and texts on her phone.
She didn’t want to share her name publicly, but she did want to share with 13News what she calls heroic actions by her granddaughter and especially her granddaughter’s boyfriend, 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken, of Seymour.
Shay took action too, her grandmother says, despite her terror.
She helped a woman she saw laying on the ground, who’d been shot in the leg.
“She’s been in nursing school for two years. She said she took her coat off and put a tourniquet around it and waited,” her grandmother explained. “She jumped in and went into action, yeah, and it’s just her adrenaline mode to just do that.”
Of course the focus has been on Dicken’s quick action and incredible shooting but tending to the wounded and doing bleeding control is critical to keep the body count low.
Both of them saved lives that day.
A new timeline from Greenwood Police show it only took 15 seconds for the Greenwood mall shooting to come to an end.
Police reviewed surveillance video that showed the moments the suspect left the food court bathroom to the time Eli Dicken pulled out his gun, aimed and took out the threat.
Autopsy results also revealed the suspect was hit eight times from about 40 yards away. Police say Dicken fired 10 rounds.
Those numbers are impressing many gun experts and owners.
“What impressed me the most, compared to your average civilian shooter, was not the number of rounds fired, not the hit rate, not the time, but the distance,” said Mark Welter, retail manager for Indy Arms Company.
Welter and another instructor tested it out to see if they could do it. They put a target 25 yard out, which was the farthest it could go.
“That was seven seconds to draw and get off 10 rounds in 25 yards and I’m low on a lot of them,” Welter said after he finished shooting.
Police said Dicken had no police training or military background. He told them he learned to shoot from his grandfather.
So WTHR Indianapolis found some shooting instructors who couldn’t reproduce what Dicken pulled off.
The lesson here, of course, is practice more.
And I’m absolutely certain his grandfather would be proud of him, using the skills he taught to save lives.
As everything seems to be falling apart, it’s getting diceyer out there.
It’s good to know that they’re are still good Samaritans with skills out there.
Strive to be one yourself.
Carry everywhere and make sure you have a tourniquet on you.