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Elkhart County Prosecutor says police acted reasonably during Martin's shooting

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Krystle Dikes (left) and Rachelle Godfread (right) (photos from their Facebook pages) Krystle Dikes (left) and Rachelle Godfread (right) (photos from their Facebook pages)

New information regarding the fatal Martin's shooting from January has come to light. At a news conference Thursday morning, Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill addressed the progress of the investigation strictly regarding the action police took the night of the shooting.

Hill says after carefully reviewing all Martin's surveillance video it was clear the two Elkhart police officers did exactly what they were trained to do in a situation like this. He says you can clearly see the moment when police arrived at the scene when Shawn Bair was "taunting" the Martin's store manager.

Hill says it was clear Bair targeted women, because he shot at one employee who fled the scene, and killed Krystle Dikes and Rachelle Godfread. Although it is not known whether Bair would have shot the male store manager had police not arrived.

Investigators say Bair fired a total of eight shots: three at Dikes, one at an employee who fled the scene, three at Godfread, and one on himself. Hill says there has been no indication that Bair new any of the victims he killed.

Hill says it's difficult to determine how many people were inside of the store at the time of the shooting; however, Bair was walking around the store for nearly a half an hour before he fired his first shot.

Police found a suicide note on Bair after he was pronounced dead. Hill says the note indicated he was suicidal. He had one message left for his mother that appeared Bair had no resentment towards her, but left vulgar messages to others.

Police are currently investigating the text messages and phone calls Bair made prior to entering the supermarket. Namely, the messages he sent to his mother before he entered the supermarket asking her if she was in the store.

Despite the Elkhart County prosecutors office conducting their investigation, the Elkhart Police are conducting an investigation of their own.

FOX28's Faran Fronczak will have more on what investigators found at the scene, and the next step forward in the case.

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