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Thursday
Jan162014

Gunman, Two Others Dead in Indiana Supermarket Shooting

Alex_Schmidt/Thinkstock(ELKHART, Ind.) -- Three people, including a gunman, are dead following a shooting late Wednesday night at an Indiana grocery store, authorities told ABC News.

The shooter was pointing a gun at the head of a third person, believed to be a store employee, when police arrived at Martin's Super Market in Elkhart, Ind., State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said at a news conference early Thursday morning.  The gunman was then killed by Elkhart police.

Several rounds were fired in the store, both from police and the shooter, Smith said.

"It's a huge crime scene.  The areas where the shootings happened in the store are basically from one end of the store to the next.  There were several rounds fired in there," Smith said.

One victim is a female store employee in her late teens or early 20s, while the other victim is a woman believed to be in her 40s, Smith said.

The shooter, in his late teens or early 20s, entered the store with a semi-automatic handgun and a large knife, Smith said.  The victims were found about 10-12 aisles apart.

Police aren't sure if the shooting was random or targeted.  Police have not released the identities of the victims or the shooter, who authorities say lived in the area.

Police are hopeful that surveillance video will help them better understand the shooting.

"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 released a statement on Facebook, writing, "Thank you to our community for your thoughts and prayers tonight.  We will comment further when we can do so responsibly and appropriately."

Smith said police are in the process of putting together search warrants and will have another press conference later Thursday morning.

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