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A man fired a handgun in what police said was a drug deal gone awry outside the Greenwood Park Mall on Saturday while it was filled with shoppers.

Multiple people called police after a shot was fired inside a car parked on the east side of the mall.

John Sanders, 27, 8403 Snug Harbor Drive, Indianapolis, was arrested on charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon, pointing a firearm, possession of marijuana over 30 grams, carrying a handgun without a license, as well as warrants out of Johnson and Marion counties.

Sanders attempted to shoot a man in a parked car outside the mall while he was trying to buy a large amount of marijuana, Greenwood Police Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth said.

No one was injured in the shooting. The shot was fired on a busy Saturday afternoon, when the parking lot was filled with cars and thousands of people were shopping inside the mall.

Sanders told police that he and two men went to the mall Saturday to buy marijuana from two other men.

All five men were from Indianapolis, Fillenwarth said. They arranged to meet in a parking lot off Madison Avenue, near Dick’s Sporting Goods.

All five men were sitting in a parked car in the parking lot at about 3:30 p.m. when Sanders pulled out a gun, Fillenwarth said. Sanders told investigators that he believed one of the men he was trying to buy drugs from was reaching for a weapon, so he shot at him.

None of the other four men had guns or any other weapons, Fillenwarth said.

The bullet missed. The round went into the car and didn’t hit anyone, he said.

All five men ran from the parked car after the gun went off, and Sanders grabbed the marijuana and ran, according to a news release.

A witness called police, and Greenwood police quickly tracked down and arrested Sanders.

Sanders had more than 30 grams of marijuana and a 9mm handgun, Fillenwarth said. Police found he was also wanted on a Johnson County warrant for criminal mischief.

Police are questioning the other men that were in the car. No one else has been arrested, the release said.

Sanders was arrested and taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held without bond.

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