Elkhart shooting suspect identified

Shawn Bair, who was shot and killed by police in a Martin's market in Elkhart, Ind., has been identified in the shooting that left two others dead.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:31 PM   |   Comments

Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Police have identified Shawn Bair as the suspect in a shooting at a grocery store in Elkhart, Ind., Wednesday night.

Bair was reportedly holding a gun when police responded to an emergency call at a Martin's Super Market at 10 p.m. Police shot and killed the suspect.

Two others, a female Martin's employee in her late teens to early 20s and a shopper in her 40s were both found shot dead.

Police said they believe Bair spent about 30 minutes in the store, first shooting and killing the employee, a deli worker, and then missing a shot at another employee. He then shot the shopper and went after the manager, who was spared when police arrived and distracted Bair.

A large caliber, semi-automatic handgun and a knife were found near Bair's body.

Surveillance video from the store is being used in the investigation, but Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said the quick actions of the Elkhart City Police saved lives.

"You expect to be safe in a grocery store in your neighborhood," Smith said.


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