Police identify Shawn Bair as gunman in supermarket shooting
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 01:28
Jan. 16 - Police identify 22-year-old Shawn Bair as the gunman who killed a shopper and an employee at an Indiana supermarket before police shot him dead. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A 22-year-old man was identified by police on Thursday as the gunman who killed a shopper and an employee at an Indiana supermarket before police shot him dead.
Shawn Bair opened fire at Martin's Super Market in Elkhart, a city about 140 miles north of Indianapolis, around 10 p.m. on Wednesday when about a dozen people were in the store, police said.
"He often walks around in that community, so he wasn't a person that wasn't known to the employees in that store. They never had a problem with Mr. Bair in the store before," Indiana State Police spokesman Trent Smith said.
Bair, wearing a heavy overcoat and armed with a 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun and a hunting knife, had been in the store for about 30 minutes when he killed his first victim - a 20-year-old female employee, Indiana State Police spokesman Trent Smith said.
Bair shot at another female employee, missing her, before moving to another part of the store where he shot a 44-year-old female shopper multiple times, killing her, Smith said.
The gunman then took hostage a store manager who was on his knees and appeared to be praying, Smith said. Two Elkhart police officers entered the store and caught the attention of Bair, allowing the manager to escape down one aisle as the assailant ran down another aisle.
Police then shot and killed Bair, Smith said. The events were partly caught on videotape.
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