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Fatal Indiana grocery store shooting

A man opened fire inside a supermarket with a semi-automatic handgun, killing two women and narrowly misses another before police took his life.

Authorities say 22-year-old Shawn Walter Bair pulled-out the .40 caliber weapon at the Martin’s Super Market at 3900 East Bristol Steet in Elkhart, Indiana around 10pm Wednesday.

Police identified the victims as Krystle Dikes, 20, and Rachelle Godfread, 44, both of Elkhart. Dikes was an employee at the super market while Godfread was believed to be shopping at the super market.

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Police are looking for a motive in the murder of two women at an Indiana supermarket.

On Saturday, loved ones of those killed opened up about their ordeal.

WGN’s Erik Runge has more on this story.

Northern Indiana police are still putting together the pieces after a man walked into a grocery store and gunned down two women.

Instead of going to work Thursday night, Emily Hoeppner came to Martins Super Market in Elkhart, Ind., hand in hand with her mother. She came to pay her respects to a co-worker and customer who were murdered there just hours after her shift ended.

“It’s so surreal. I just worked yesterday and everything was normal. Then you get home and something like this happens,” Emily Hoeppner said.

What happened, police say, is 22-year-old Shawn Bair walked into the store Wednesday at about 9:30 p.m. Surveillance video shows him making phone calls and texting people.

“At approximately 10:05 p.m., things started to changed,” said Sgt. Trent Smith of the Indiana State Police.

Police say Bair pulled out a .44 caliber semi-automatic handgun, and shot and killed 20-year-old Krystal Dikes. Police say she had just started working at the store stocking the shelves. Friends say she was a caring, compassionate person.

“I don’t know what his goal was, I don’t know what his aim was, mad at the world. There’s definitely a family grieving for her. Definitely. And lots of friends,” said Dikes’ boyfriend Kyle Barnett.

After firing at another employee and missing, police say Bair shot and killed his second victim, 44-year-old Rachelle Godfread, who was there along with about 15 others shopping.

Everyone ran for the doors, except for the manager, who came face-to-face with Bair.

“Mr. Bair held the manager store hostage. He asked him to go to his knees. You could see the manager there in a praying position,”  Smith said.

His prayers were answered. Police arrived within 3 minutes of the first 911 call. Once inside, they confronted Bair. The manager escaped and Bair, after making threatening jesters toward the officers, was shot and killed.

Police still aren’t sure why Bair, who police have been in contact with before, decided to go on this rampage but his Facebook page is filled with violent images and posts. In one post he says he knows he’s going hell.  One from 2010 says he realized everybody should die, no matter what race or religion.

On Thursday night, however, his victims are on the minds of many, like Emily Hoeppner and her mom Robin who just couldn’t stay away.

“I felt like it’s the right thing to because there are souls that are now gone,” Robin Hoeppner said.

A man opens-fire inside a supermarket with a semi-automatic handgun, and kills two women and narrowly misses another, before police take his life.

Authorities say 22 year-old Shawn Walter Bair pulled-out the .40 caliber weapon at the Martin’s supermarket at 3900 East Bristol Steet in Elkhart, Indiana around 10pm Wednesday.

They say he killed a 20 year-old store employee, and a 44 year-old female shopper. The 20 year-old victim was a stocker, and only worked there a short time.

They also say he confronted two other workers, but both were able to escape.

Officers responded within minutes, and shot and killed Bair. They say they recovered his gun and a large hunting knife.

Police say the recent, mass shootings forced them to change their tactics. Two officers went right into the store rather than wait for back-up.

“The bravery, and the quick response of the Elkhart City Police Department saved lives. There’s no doubt,” said Sgt. Trent Smith of the Indiana State Police.

Most of the incident was captured on surveillance video.

Authorities say Bair may have had some type of relationship with one of the victims, and it appears this was a planned assault.

Martin’s Super Markets posted a message on Facebook “Thank you to our community for your thoughts and prayers tonight. We will comment further when we can do so responsibly and appropriately”

Police say Bair lived just a few miles from the grocery store.

Investigators are still looking into Bair’s background and how he got the gun.

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