Gunman shot by cops after killing worker, customer at Elkhart supermarket
BY MITCHELL ARMENTROUT Staff Reporter January 16, 2014 12:32AM
Updated: January 16, 2014 7:22AM
A gunman killed an employee and a customer inside a supermarket before police shot and killed him Wednesday night in Elkhart, Ind., police said.
Indiana State Police were called to “an active-shooter situation” at a Martin’s Super Market, 3900 E. Bristol St. in Elkhart about 10 p.m., Sgt. Trent Smith said at a news conference near the crime scene.
The alleged gunman, who police said was a 22-year-old area resident, walked into the store with a large semi-automatic handgun and shot a woman. Then he walked about 12 aisles down and shot another woman, Smith said.
A 44-year-old woman thought to have been a shopper was killed in the shooting, police said.
The other woman killed was a Martin’s employee thought to be in her late teens or early 20’s, but her age was not immediately available Thursday morning, police said.
When police arrived, the shooter was pointing a gun at another employee, Smith said. He then pointed the gun at officers, who shot and killed him.
Police found a handgun and a large knife near the shooter.
The shooter’s relationship to the victims was unclear early Thursday. Their names were not released pending notification of family.
Witnesses were being interviewed at the Elkhart Police station.
Representatives for Martin’s Super Market could not be reached early Wednesday, but the company mentioned the incident Wednesday night in a post on its Facebook page.
“Thank you to our community for your thoughts and prayers tonight. We will comment further when we can do so responsibly and appropriately,” the post said.
Indiana State Police and Elkhart Police are investigating.