An Elkhart shooting has left 2 women dead this week and the lone gunman also slain by police officers after attempting to shoot a third victim. The disturbing killings occurred in northern Elkhart, Indiana, at a local grocery store this Wednesday night. The CS Monitor reports the latest details on this latest source of gun violence this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.
The Elkhart shooting occurred late on Wednesday night, sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. A lone man was found to have shot and killed a total of 2 women at Martin’s Super Market. While preparing to open fire on a third individual, law enforcement authorities were able to locate him and gun him down. The slain man’s identity has not been confirmed, though he is known to be a 22-year-old male local to the area.
According to the police report, the shooter at the Elkhart grocery store was carrying a semi-automatic handgun, which he used to shoot at a 20-year-old female employee as well as a 44-year-old female shopper. Both victims’ bodies were discovered by officials nearly 12 aisles from one another.
“A spokesman affirmed that two police officers were able to respond to the scene after hearing a gunshot as they entered the near-empty store during the Elkhart shooting. They dashed to the source of the violence and found the shooter pointing his gun at a third potential victim. Smith said the man then aimed his gun at the officers and that's when they shot him dead, killing him instantly.”
There was not a doubt in their minds that slaying the lone 22-year-old shooter saved other lives in Martin’s Super Market, and the local sheriff lauded their prompt reaction. A knife was also discovered at the scene, not far from the gunman’s body.
At this time, there is no evidence that the gunman in the Elkhart shooting knew who his victims were, or if he had any connections to the 2 women.
"At this time, it appears that it's just random," concluded the officer’s report. "We do have a lot of things to look at as far as video surveillance.”
"The entire Martin's family is saddened by this tragedy," company president and CEO Rob Bartels said in a recent news release. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved and the entire community.”