The president and CEO of Martin's Super Markets released a statement on Thursday morning, just hours after a devastating shooting that left three people dead at the grocery chain's location at 3900 E. Bristol Street in Elkhart.
“The entire Martin's family is saddened by this tragedy,” Rob Bartels said in the statement. “We will be offering counseling services to employees today and for as long as necessary. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved and the entire community."
An unidentified shooter, described as a 22-year-old white man from the Elkhart area, killed two women before being shot by police, according to Elkhart and state police. The two women killed were a 20-year-old employee and a 44-year-old shopper.
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The full Martin's statement is available below:
"Martin's Super Markets located at 3900 E. Bristol Street in Elkhart will remain closed today after the tragic events of last night. “The entire Martin's family is saddened by this tragedy,” says Rob Bartels, Martin's President & CEO. “We will be offering counseling services to employees today and for as long as necessary. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved and the entire community. Additionally, we would like to thank everyone in the community for all your thoughts and prayers,” adds Bartels.
Martin's has been and will continue to coordinate with police authorities as necessary. “We know that the quick response from Elkhart Police saved lives, and for that we will be forever grateful. We appreciate the professional way in which both the Elkhart and Indiana State Police have handled the situation,” says Bartels.
Martin's is asking all media agencies to please consider the sensitive nature of these events and not ask store employees for comments. All inquiries should be directed to Martin's Super Markets corporate office.
Martin's Super Markets was founded in 1947 and currently has 21 stores in South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, Goshen, Plymouth, Nappanee, Logansport and Warsaw, Indiana, and Niles, Stevensville and St. Joseph, Michigan."