3 Dead in Indiana Supermarket Shooting

Gunman shot 2 victims before he was killed by police

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 16, 2014 6:51 AM CST | Updated Jan 16, 2014 7:43 AM CST

(Newser) – Three people are dead after a deadly shooting last night in Elkhart, Indiana: A gunman entered Martin's Super Market just after 10pm and began firing "from one area of the store to the next," killing two women before he was shot dead by police. The gunman—a local white man in his 20s—pointed a semiautomatic handgun at arriving officers, who fired, WXIN reports, though WNDU notes "several" rounds were exchanged between the man and police. The two victims—a staff member in her late teens or early 20s and a customer in her 40s—were found 10 to 12 aisles apart, making this a "huge crime scene," a police spokesman says.

The relationship between the victims and shooter, who was also carrying a large knife, isn't known, but "we are pretty confident that Elkhart's quick response to the scene most definitely saved lives tonight," the spokesman said, adding, "There is not a day that goes by it seems anymore that we aren't learning about a school shooting or at a business. We hope this would never come to our hometown, and here it is." One man, whose mother works at the store, said it was evacuated after gunshots were heard. "She told me that she heard what sounded like gunshots and everybody around her was telling her that they heard gunshots," he said, adding, "You can't even go to the grocery store and not be safe."

Police and emergency personnel respond to a shooting inside Martin's Supermarket in Elkhart, Ind., about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
Police and emergency personnel respond to a shooting inside Martin's Supermarket in Elkhart, Ind., about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.   (AP Photo/Truth, Jon Garcia)
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