CRIME

Supermarket Shooting Leaves 3 Dead In Indiana

01/16/2014 01:55 am ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

A shooting at an Indiana supermarket has left at least three people dead, The Chicago Tribune reported.

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. at the Martin's Super Markets in Elkhart, Ind. According to WNDU.com, a witness reported seeing the gunman enter the store through the deli door and open fire.

Police arrived on the scene and a gun-battle ensued. The gunman died in the exchange.

"We believe it was a single shooter and he is dead," Sgt. Trent Smith with the Indiana State Police said at a press conference early Thursday morning.

The shooter is described as a man in his early 20s. It is unknown if he had any relationship to the other two victims.

One of the victims was a female employee at the store, and the other was a female customer, The Elkhart Truth reported. Their identities have not been released.

Martin's Super Markets posted a short comment on its Facebook page about the shooting:

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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A gunman walked into a northern Indiana grocery store and fatally shot two people Wednesday night before he was killed by police, authorities said.

Elkhart police received a call about an active shooter at Martin's Super Market about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said at a news conference early Thursday.

The gunman used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot and kill a woman, then walked to another aisle and shot and killed another woman, Smith said. One victim was an employee and appeared to be in her late teens or early 20s, and the other was a shopper who appeared to be in her 40s, he said. They were found about 12 aisles apart.

Two police officers, who were on a routine call nearby, were able to quickly respond to the scene, Smith said.

The shooter was pointing his gun at a third person when the officers found him in an aisle at the store, Smith said. Elkhart police then shot and killed the gunman, who Smith said lived in the area and was in his early 20s. A large knife was also found near the man's body.

The identities of the women and gunman were not released but Smith said there was no indication that the shooter knew the victims.

"At this time, it appears that it's just random," he said.

Smith also said that there is "no doubt" the officers' quick response saved lives.

The Indiana State Police will investigate because the Elkhart Police Department was involved in the shooting, Smith said.

"We do have a lot of things to look at as far as video surveillance," Smith said, noting that state and city police also are interviewing witnesses.

Martin's Super Market posted a statement on its Facebook page, saying "Thank you to our community for your thoughts and prayers tonight. We will comment further when we can do so responsibly and appropriately."

Elkhart is in far northern Indiana, just south of the Indiana-Michigan border, and about 15 miles east of South Bend.

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