ELKHART — Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore was among many political figures who offered their sympathies in the wake of the Martin’s Super Market shootings.
In addition to a sense of emotion for survivors, Moore and others expressed appreciation for the quick work of Elkhart police officers who put a quick end to the shooting spree.
Moore called the shootings senseless and tragic that left area residents in a state of shock.
Moore said he also felt a sense of pride in the way city police responded.
“This could have been even worse were it not for the good work of our own city of Elkhart police department,” Moore said in an interview Thursday morning.
“We were very fortunate that the two officers were able to respond in three minutes,” he said.
“They’re trained to do the job, but we still have to recognize it took the courage to do the job as well. They knew what they were walking into,” he said.
Moore said he learned of the shooting in a call from Police Chief Dale Pflibsen and then visited the shooting scene.
“I don’t chase fire trucks or police cars, but in a situation like that, I think the mayor needs to get as much detail as he can,” he said.
Other elected officials, including Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, issued statements offering condolences.
Pence wrote: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life suffered last night during the shooting at Martin’s Supermarket in Elkhart. I commend the Elkhart Police Department for courageously intervening and bringing the incident to a swift conclusion. The First Lady and I extend our condolences to the families of the victims and offer our prayers to the entire community during this difficult time.”
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski issued the following statement: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the horrific incident that occurred at Martin’s supermarket last night in Elkhart. Dean and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims’ families, friends and the Elkhart community during this difficult time. I commend the efforts of our local law enforcement whose quick response time undoubtedly prevented more innocent lives from being lost. Please know your service to the Elkhart community is deeply valued and appreciated.”
State Rep. Tim Wesco, of House District 21, had this to say:
“I would like to extend my deepest condolences to those affected by the shooting in Elkhart late last night. My prayers are with those families who have lost loved ones,” Wesco said.
“I am devastated to hear of such a terrible tragedy and the senseless violence that has impacted our community. Without the expedient nature with which local law enforcement operated, I fear more lives could have been endangered; my sincerest gratitude goes to the men and women in uniform who bravely answered the call of duty to protect our citizens,” Wesco said.
“I encourage everyone to keep the victims and their families in your prayers,” he said.
State Rep. Tim Neese, of House District 48, issued the following statement:
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy which occurred in my House district on Wednesday at Martin’s Supermarket. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families and those closest to them. During this time of mourning for our community, I urge everyone to support these people in their time of need,” Neese said.
“I very much commend the work of the Elkhart Police Department who responded so quickly and most certainly saved other lives. Police officers risk their lives for all of us, and their heroism during the most difficult of moments can never be appreciated enough,” he said.