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Three dead, including suspect, after shooting at Martin's Super Market

Two Elkhart Police Officers fatally shot a suspected gunman in a Martin's Super Market.
Posted on Jan. 15, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

(video of Indiana State Trooper news conference)

(Interview with son of a Martin's employee.)

One man and two women are dead after a shooting in Martin's Super Market on 3900 E. Bristol St. Wednesday night, according to information from the Indiana State Police.

The man, described as a white male in his early 20s, is believed to be the gunman, according to an announcement made shortly before 1 a.m. by State Police Trooper Sgt. Trent Smith. The state police will be leading the investigation.

The Elkhart City 911 Dispatch Center confirmed that emergency crews were alerted to an active shooter just after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Two Elkhart Police officers patrolling and area nearby responded within minutes of the call, Smith said. The officers fatally shot the suspect after they found him in the store pointing a gun at another person. The suspect was carrying a handgun and a large knife, Smith said.

One victim, an employee at the store, was believed to be in her late teens or early 20s. The other victim appeared to be a woman customer in her 40s.

The women were found 10 to 12 aisles apart, but Smith did not say where in the store the suspect was shot.

Their identities will not be released until immediate family has been notified. As of 1 a.m. Thursday, it was unclear when that would be.

Authorities don't yet know if there was a connection between any of the victims, Smith said. No one else was injured.

The Elkhart Police Department Chaplain arrived on the scene at about 11:15 p.m.

Witnesses who were in the store were taken to the Elkhart Police Station. The scene was secured before midnight, meaning the shooter is no longer a threat, according to Elkhart Assistant Police Chief Laura Koch. No other details were given.

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill was at the scene. Among other agencies, the state police, the Elkhart Police, and the Elkhart Fire Department also responded.

Map of Martin's where shooter was:




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