ELKHART — The Elkhart community is in shock and families are mourning after two women were tragically killed by a man armed with a semi-automatic handgun and a large knife at a Martin's Super Market grocery store in Elkhart Wednesday night, Jan. 15.
Police say Shawn Walter Bair, 22, of Elkhart, entered the grocery store around 9:30 p.m., walked around for about a half an hour. Just after 10 p.m., police say he shot Krystle Dikes, 20, and Rachelle Godfread, 44, before being shot and killed by police. Sgt. Trent Smith with the Indiana State Police said when the Elkhart officers responded, they heard gunfire as they entered the store and followed the sound to where they found the man pointing his gun at a man forced to his knees.
Dikes was working at the store at the time of the shooting. She had recently moved back to Elkhart after living in Muncie for a year. Her mother, Juanita Whitacre, said that she was looking for an apartment and had tons of friends.
Godfread was shopping when she was shot. She had also recently moved back to Elkhart to be closer to her son, an IU South Bend student and basketball player. She was looking forward to refreshing her life and re-planting her Elkhart roots.
The store is located at 3900 E. Bristol St.
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The Elkhart community reacts
Moving forward after the tragedy