3 Dead After Indiana Supermarket Shooting

Man is killed by police after shooting two women in a supermarket.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith talks to the media Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at the scene of a shooting at a grocery store in Elkhart, Ind.
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A 22-year-old man shot and killed two women in an Indiana grocery store Wednesday night, before police officers on the scene fatally shot him.

The incident occurred at about 10 p.m. inside a Martin's Super Market in Elkhart, The Associated Press reported. Authorities say the gunman – identified as 22-year-old Shawn Walter Bair, according to CNN – used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot the women.

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Authorities say Bair was was waving a gun at a third victim when police officers ran in, causing the gunman to turn his weapon on them. Police reportedly returned fire, killing him.

The two victims are believed to be a store employee in her late teens or early 20s and a customer in her mid-40s, although their names had not been released, Reuters said.

Indiana State Police Trooper Brooks Shirk said it was unclear whether or not the shooter knew the victims and whether there was any connection linking them to one another, according to CNN.

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"It's a huge crime scene," Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith told WNDU. "The area where the shootings happened in the store [is] basically from one end of the store to the next."

Authorities said the shooter's motives remain unclear, but they are continuing to investigate.

"You never know why this happens," Smith said. "People are depressed. People do things that are not rational. You just can't explain these things a lot of the times."

Rob Bartels, president and CEO of Martin's Super Markets, said in a statement that "the entire Martin's family is saddened by this tragedy."

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved and the entire community," Bartels said. "Additionally, we would like to thank everyone in the community for all your thoughts and prayers,"

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