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Elkhart gunman had a criminal record, apparent interest in serial killers

Shooter identified in Martin's Super Market incident.
Truth Staff
Posted on Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:55 p.m.

ELKHART — He had an apparent interest with serial killers.

He featured a bloodied portrait of himself on his Facebook page after an apparent pit bull attack, which he said in the post required 36 stitches.

He was convicted twice in Elkhart Superior Court, in 2009 and 2010, once for stealing an over-the-counter drug, another time for possession of a generic form of Vicodin and marijuana.

Details are sketchy about Shawn Bair, 22, the man authorities say shot and killed two women at Martin’s Super Market on Wednesday evening, Jan. 15. But his court record and postings on Facebook suggest a history of drug use, a measure of anger, perhaps, and a seeming fascination with violence.

One Facebook post from 2011 reads, in part: “I HOPE YOU ALL BURN IN THE FURTHEST PITS OF HELL I HOPE THE TORTURE LASTS FOREVER AND EVERY SECOND OF EVERY MINUTE YOUR THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES.”

Bair was killed by Elkhart police when they arrived at the Martin’s on East Bristol Street, shortly after the man shot and killed an employee, 20-year-old Krystle Dikes, and a shopper, 44-year-old Rachelle Godfread.

He was a known customer at the East Bristol Street Martin’s, according to Indiana State Police spokesman Trent Smith, and he apparently walked to the supermarket at around 9:30 p.m., roaming the aisles for a half hour before the killings, which occurred shortly after 10 p.m.

“He was going to the store with a mission,” Smith said at a press conference. Smith said no motive had been established, but officials were looking into a possible connection between Bair and one of the two dead women.

Bair’s friends and acquaintances contacted via Facebook declined comment or didn’t respond to queries seeking comment.

FORMER CENTRAL HIGH STUDENT

According to Elkhart Community Schools spokeswoman Shawn Hannon, Bair attended Elkhart Central High School from August to December 2007. He came from Edwardsburg High School in Edwardsburg, Mich., and after leaving Central, went to Stephens County High School in Toccoa, Ga.

The address for Bair in his two Elkhart Superior Court 4 cases, which date to 2009, is on C.R. 15, right across the street from Eastwood Elementary School and about one-and-three-quarters miles northeast of the Bristol Street Martin’s. Smith didn’t specify Bair’s address when he spoke to reporters, though he said authorities went to his house and collected evidence.

No one answered the door at the C.R. 15 home Thursday afternoon.

DRUG, THEFT CHARGES

A perusal of Elkhart County court records indicates Bair was convicted in Elkhart Superior Court 4 in separate incidents in 2009 and 2010.

In 2009, he was convicted of possession of a controlled substance, Vicodin, a Class D felony; and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Police had been called to a home on Third Street about a report of several people smoking marijuana in a car parked in the driveway there. Bair, then 18, was in the car and arrested, according to an Elkhart Police Department affidavit in the matter. The teen was found with marijuana and a bottle of generic Vicodin, a pain reliever, which he said wasn’t prescribed to him, the affidavit stated.

He pled guilty and received a suspended 18-month jail sentence on the felony charge Oct. 21, 2009. He also was ordered to “obtain assessment and follow-up at a certified agency.” He received a one-year jail sentence on the marijuana charge, with all but 12 days of that suspended, presuming he stayed out of trouble.

On Jan. 12, 2010, less than three months after the earlier sentencing, Bair was arrested at Martin’s Super Market on 555 E. Jackson Blvd. — southwest of the Bristol Street location and closer to the city center — after taking a box of Coricidin-brand drugs, valued at $5.89. Coricidin produces a line of over-the-counter cold and flu medicines.

He was later convicted of theft, a Class D felony, and on June 15, 2010, he received an 18-month jail sentence, with 12 months of that suspended, according to online court records. He was to serve the six months, with credit for 22 days served, at Elkhart County Community Corrections, a minimum-security facility in Goshen.

According to the online court records, authorities were directed to determine the precise punishment. Community corrections offers a range of punishment alternatives, including home detention and work-release offerings, and the online records didn’t specify the applicable sort of detention Bair received.

Bair was ordered to pay $5.89 in restitution to Martin’s Super Market. He was also ordered to get “addictions assessment ... and follow-up” and enroll in an outreach program at Oaklawn Psychiatric Center, attending therapy there. Oaklawn is a psychiatric treatment facility based in Goshen.

The theft conviction led to a probation violation in the 2009 case, and he received a 90-day jail sentence for that, which was to be suspended if he took part in Oaklawn programs and attended therapy sessions. Ultimately, Bair was discharged from Elkhart County Community Corrections on Dec. 5, 2011, the records show.

SERIAL KILLERS, INSANE CLOWN POSSE

A look at Bair’s Facebook page early Thursday — it appeared to be removed later in the day — indicates he had an apparent interest in serial killers and scenes of violence. However, it didn’t have any current posts, at least none that were publicly viewable.

His profile picture, before the account was removed, depicted a man holding an axe under another man’s throat as two young girls looked on in shock. Facebook listings contained quotes about violence and death attributed to notorious serial killers such as Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, H.H. Holmes and Gary Ridgeway. Also featured were several serial killers’ mugshots.

Among Bair’s Facebook “likes” were the Insane Clown Posse, a Detroit-based music group made up of two men who wear sinister-looking clown make-up, and a page called “All Juggalos.” The Insane Clown Posse is classified by the FBI as a “loosely organized hybrid gang,” according to a Time magazine article from Tuesday about the group’s plans to sue the law enforcement agency. The group’s fans are known as Juggalos.

Other “likes” on Bair’s Facebook included the National Rifle Association, the National Association for Gun Rights, Serial Killer Central and God.

Elkhart Truth reporters Sharon Hernandez, Lydia Sheaks, Angelle Barbazon, Dan Spalding and Tim Vandenack contributed to this report.



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