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 just after 10 p.m. and 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.
The Elkhart Truth is following this story and its impact on the community closely. The links below cover the full range of stories The Elkhart Truth has covered in relation to the shooting at Martin's. Make sure to check back at this page for future coverage.
The shootingSuspected gunman walked around Martin's store a half hour before killingsGunman in Martin's grocery shooting came to store 'on a mission,' police sayDispatch recording shows how first responders secured Martin's shooting sceneElkhart police kill gunman who killed two women in Martin's Super MarketThree dead, including suspect, after shooting at Martin's Super Market
The victimsObituary: Rachelle L. GodfreadObituary: Krystle L. DikesFuneral arrangements set for Elkhart shooting victim Rachelle GodfreadFuneral services announced for Krystle L. DikesKrystle Dikes' family remembers independent, friendly young womanRachelle Godfread and friend shared a wealth of childhood memoriesVictim's mother calls her daughter Krystle Dikes 'very outgoing, free-spirited'Memorial funds established for victims of Martin's shootingSecond shooting victim identified as Rachelle Godfread
The gunmanObituary: Shawn Walter M. Taggart BairFuneral arrangements announced for gunman in Elkhart shootingElkhart gunman had a criminal record, apparent interest in serial killers
Police responseElkhart police identifies officers involved in Martin's shootingFirst police officers reached Martin's in about 3 minutesElkhart Police praised for preparedness, professionalism during Martin's shootingShooting marks third time in six months city police have used deadly force
The Elkhart community reactsMartin’s shooting hits close to home at Saleh's MarketCandlelight vigil planned for victims of Martin's shooting'What if I was there?' - a question likely being asked after Elkhart shootingElkhart shooting catches national headlinesMartin's Super Markets sees outpouring of community support in shooting's aftermathElkhart community mourns victims of Martin's Super Markets shootingTruth Editorial: A moment for griefElkhart gun show opens as planned, two days after shootingsMother: Shooting at children's workplace 'scares me to the core'Martin's Super Markets responds to Elkhart shooting that happened WednesdayElected officials offer condolences, prayers to Martin's shooting victimsGov. Pence releases statement on Martin's Super Market shooting
Moving forward after the tragedyHundreds attend candlelight vigil to support Martin's Super Market shooting victimsLoyalty over tragedy: longtime Martin's customer returns after shooting“You can't live in fear”: Grocery shoppers return to the aisles in wake of shootings'Same old Martin's' — grocery reopens after deadly shootingMartin's CEO Rob Bartels shares message with community in shooting's aftermath