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3 dead after shooting at Indiana grocery store

Shooting At Indiana Grocery Store Kills 3, Including Gunman

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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miojohol January 16 2014 at 9:02 AM

It's all so sad we do need God in our country. Enough said.

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elnpet miojohol January 16 2014 at 9:20 AM

Well your government took HIM out of things. Blame them. It will never be the same with out GOD.

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Boss miojohol January 16 2014 at 9:30 AM

GOD !!!! oh sure --- there's a fix --- it'll be off to the crusades again

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gunsnnovas January 16 2014 at 7:40 AM

Not enough information to determine anything. Much less the usual pap and crap about gun control. If 20,000 laws haven't made a dent in crime involving guns, how does any rational person think that one more will help?

Worse, of those 20,000 laws, many prescribe mandatory sentences. Yet, the prosecutors refuse to use them. That makes them useful, how?

Look at the useless comments already posted here, where no actual information exists, and ask yourself how any of these incompetents think that their demands or suggestions could possible do anything but muddy the waters?

Example: Iv2wine says " While the NRA and Pro-Gun Control supporters are hurling insults, people are dying."

In actuality, it's the anti-gun faction that has gone on record calling for the deaths of NRA members, or their families. It's also the same brain-dead cretins that think that they should be able to call hunters and gun-owners profane names, and ascribe illegal actions to them without proof. As Forest said, "stupid is as stupid does".

Nobody appears to want a solution. They simply want to insult, profane, and condemn anyone who questions their narrow-minded view.

How about we wait until facts are provided before constructing our sick fantasies. This could have been a robbery gone wrong when the gunman realized that the employee knew him. It could have been a relationship issue gone terribly awry. It could have been the actions of a person under the influence of drugs. It could also have been another "suicide by cop" issue. It could also have been just a random killing spree.

At this point, information is scarce.

While I know that the "instant gratification" generation hates to wait, you'll just have to do so until someone comes forth with the actual events, and reasons.

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Vic gunsnnovas January 16 2014 at 7:47 AM

If you want someone to read your blog keep it simple and capsulized.

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lo colon gunsnnovas January 16 2014 at 7:49 AM

Ya wanna solution. I gotta solution. Sue the gun industry. Require gun owners to have insurance. Require computer chips put in guns programmed solely to that gun owner. Now that's a reasonable start, don't ya think?

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radiantpex lo colon January 16 2014 at 8:11 AM

lo colon = *******

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mike lo colon January 16 2014 at 8:46 AM

sue the gun industry for what???

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Rick January 16 2014 at 7:41 AM

I hate to point out that these kinds of guys are all in their early 20s, local to wherever the attacks happen, bent on killing as many as they can get to, and (generally) killed in the process as if that was a functional aspect of the plan before they went into it. Suicide after making as big a mess as possible. Aurora, Sandy Hook, a variety of mall shoot-ups, this comparatively small incident - all very similar, even if they all can't be as big and terrible as the headline events. I have often wondered what a domestic terror insurgency in this nation might look like as it starts out small and begins to build. Maybe it'd be like this - a variety of troubled stragglers who've been groomed online to reach out and grab their moment of significance before ending their own lives by way of an inevitable police response? Scary stuff if true.

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gadico Rick January 16 2014 at 7:54 AM

That is the absolute best comment I have seen in a long time. It is scary.

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FRED January 16 2014 at 7:43 AM

Those that demand we have sensible gun control forget that we already have it and it doesn't work. The next step would be non sensible gun control (eliminate guns) which does not work. Guns are the symptom to a great problem which this country as a whole is in denial. The morality of this country (the ability to choose right from wrong) is so much destroyed that life means nothing at all. When there were no guns,people died at the hands of bow and arrows, knives, rocks, larger sticks, etc. Until you treat the cause of the problem, you will never get guns off the street.

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mistypoint January 16 2014 at 8:49 AM

And this is why I have my CCW and carry EVERYWHERE. You can't expect the police to be there to save you. How "quickly" were they able to respond to the scene? Not quickly enough for the second victim. Thanks be to God, quickly enough for the third.

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gliverson January 16 2014 at 8:46 AM

Had this man taken a baseball bat to his two victims the media would have simply ignored the story like they usually do. Isn't it interesting that during the two most anti-gun presidential terms, Clinton Gang and the Obama Gang, that we have had the most stories about gun violence in the news?...... very interesting when considering cause and effect.
More people were killed with other than guns durring the past 20 years, yet they only focus on gun violence and anti-gun or gun control laws...... it is all about control. Before Obummer was voted in, going back to 2007, I had predicted to all my fmaily and friends that IF obama was elected, not only would there be huge push for gun "control" but that we would see a large upswing in the reporting of gun violence and murder...... I did not know then that I was a prophet, but I sure wish that I had been wrong. Some things can be seen more clearly with the passage of time. Sad days for our nation, and I sure feel for the families and their loss.

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calrobinson601 gliverson January 16 2014 at 8:57 AM

AT Gliverson you and The REPUB pass Brady bill after your GOD RONALD REGAN got shot that what curve gun violet after the BRADY law expired the violent went up.. and the REPUB ha not let any control pas since that had any teeth into it.

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czar44mag calrobinson601 January 16 2014 at 9:05 AM

You really need to go back to English class and work on your writing, spelling and grammer skills before your next post!! Can't take you seriously until then...oh yea I see your a democrat...enuff said!!

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elnpet gliverson January 16 2014 at 9:08 AM

I believe you were right. Since Obama has been president so much wrong has been commited. Gay rights for one. Since when does a president give the ok for this and other things. America was changed by Obama ok and not for the good. This president has way too much power beyong his right. He should be impeached.

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momsopenarea January 16 2014 at 8:44 AM

The gov't media complex is spotlighting any gun incident they can to fit an agenda. I have never seen the gov't use the media this way before. Crime has not actually increased in this country. At the same time, the gov't will suppress terrorist attacks in this county and any other truth it doesn't want us to know. Why would the gov't not want citizens to protect themselves? Statistics show that crime increases when the citizens are left helpless, and it's easy to put dictatorial regimes in place when people are defenseless.

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sedunning momsopenarea January 16 2014 at 8:48 AM

is the gov't hiring these people to commit the shooting acts too, just to further "the agenda"?

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kerria34 momsopenarea January 16 2014 at 9:02 AM

Very well said, and much truth to your point. I mean you never see anything on TV about someone who saves their life or someone elses life because they were brave enough to protect themselves or there loved one's. We are being controlled through the media by our Government. We alway's have been and we alway's will be.

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sabdeposit January 16 2014 at 7:49 AM

lschck please don't use the very unfortunate event at Martin's as a political opportunity to spew your hatred. It's a very sad time and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved! We all need to support Martin's and the grieving families. God Bless!

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juliaspike January 16 2014 at 10:20 AM

ya know. i know it's news... but really. we're going to keep creating more spree shooters if they know they can get national attention overnight. these are the exact type of people that want to be in the spotlight and will go about it the entirely wrong way.

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mdjredroses January 16 2014 at 11:03 AM

people with bad tempers and highly sensative can lose it at any time and iff you run into people who are mentally unstable who are allowed to carry guns.. I predictic more shootings in our future. what makes any of you think were all sane responsible people walking around being normal. how any people do you know for sure would never lose thier mind and just shoot who ever they want just because life is treating them badly or they feel bullied or hate women or hate life or hate everything.. its scary to know almost anyone can get a gun,

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ZERO mdjredroses January 16 2014 at 12:46 PM

You mean like the EX-Cop in Florida that killed a guy for texting his 3 year old child the other day?

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