The man arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two workers at an Elkhart grocery store last week was apparently a ‘regular customer.’
28 year old Kevin Moore is set to make his first court appearance this Thursday.
While court documents explaining by Moore was arrested have been filed—the paperwork has also been sealed by the court because the investigation is ongoing.
Police initially said there were at least two gunmen involved. Only Moore has been arrested thus far.
“He was one of the regulars that would come in 10, 15, 20-times a day sometimes. Very regular,” said William Sinclair, who lives above the store. “And they would give him (Moore), Pawan especially would give him the shirt off his back if they felt he needed it. He could come in and ask for what he want and tell him, ‘I'll get it back to you, I'll pay you later, I'll get back, I'll get it to you later, no problem.’ They'd give it to him and he'd be OK. He’d walk out the door; thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Meantime the outer walls of the Saley Grocery on Middlebury are now covered with written condolences from store customers.
A make-shift memorial has also been constructed with stuffed animals and candles. “I come down here the night before to sign the wall and I just told him, ‘rest in peace that they would really be missed,’” said neighbor Twila Kleitz.
Most of the comments are on behalf of well-known and well-liked victim Pawat Singh, who just turned 20 years old in July.
“They didn’t know Bhatti Jagtar as well because Bhatti Jagtar spent most of his winter months in India, he was kind of a fair weather business owner,” said Sinclair. “And he just happened to be here, he had planned on being here until January this time so he was going to get a chance to see and walk in some of the snow, had he been allowed that opportunity.
Sinclair believes that the shooting took place as the store was being robbed, because the gunmen were reportedly wearing masks, although says the store would not have had much money on hand at 9:30 in the morning.
Sinclair said that arrangements were being made to ship the bodies back to India.