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UPDATE: Police identify suspect & victims in Elkhart Martin's shooting

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Shawn Bair (Courtesy Indiana State Police) Shawn Bair (Courtesy Indiana State Police)
Photo from Krystle Dikes Facebook page. Photo from Krystle Dikes Facebook page.
Photo from Rachelle Godfread's Facebook page linked in post by son. Photo from Rachelle Godfread's Facebook page linked in post by son.

Police have identified the gunman and both victims in the shooting at an Elkhart Martin's on Wednesday night.  Just after 10 pm on Wednesday night, Elkhart City Police say they received a 911 call about a man with a gun in the Martin's Super Market on East Bristol in Elkhart. 

When officers entered the store, they heard a gunshot and they saw a suspect, now identified as Shawn Bair of the Elkhart area, who they say then pointed the gun at them. Police then shot the suspect, killing him.

Police believe Bair entered the store and walked around the store for about 30 minutes.  Eventually he shot 20-year-old Krystle Dikes of Elkhart.  Dikes was an employee of the store working in the deli department.  He then reportedly tried to shoot at another employee, but missed.  He then shot 44-year-old Rachelle Godfread of Elkhart, killing her.  Godfread was shopiping at the store.  Police say he then confronted a manager, but police arrived and were able to distract him long enough for the store employee to escape.

Authorities say Bair was known to employees.  He had shopped at the store many times, but he was not known by name.

Police found a large caliber, semi-automatic handgun and a large hunting knife near Bair's body. Police say the crime scene is very large. Several rounds of ammunition were fired by both Bair and the police officers.  Authorities do not know at this time whether or not the gun was registered, or how specifically Bair acquired it. 

Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith says that Elkhart City Police Department's quick response to the shooting saved lives.  "I can't wait to sit down with those officers and personally thank them, and tell them how much admiration and respect I have for them," says Smith.

The shooting is still under investigation. Police are interviewing witnesses and are examining surveillance video from the store.  Police say they saw people inside the store react in many different ways, including some going to investigate. 

The video had no sound, but Sgt. Smith says since most people have never heard a gunshot in real life, they may not have even known what was happening initially.  "You expect to be safe in a grocery store in your neighborhood," said Sgt. Smith

Mayor Dick Moore called the attack a senseless and tragic act of violence.  In a written statement, the mayor said his "first thoughts and condolences go to the families of the deceased," and that he is appreciative of the quick response by our Elkhart Police Officers."

Martin's released a statement on their Facebook page around 12:25 am saying: "Thank you to our community for your thoughts and prayers tonight. We will comment further when we can do so responsibly and appropriately."

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