ISP set to hand over Martin’s shooting investigation to Elkhart County Prosecutor

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email
After more than a month of investigating, Indiana State Police will hand over the Martin’s shooting investigation to the Elkhart County Prosecutors Office Thursday morning.

Photo: The Elkhart Truth

Elkhart After more than a month of investigating, Indiana State Police will hand over the Martin’s shooting investigation to the Elkhart County Prosecutors Office Thursday morning.

Indiana State Police originally took over the case because it was an Elkhart officer involved shooting.

As many remember, the shooting took place inside of the Martin’s Supermarket in Elkhart just after 10 p.m. Wednesday, January 15.

Police say Shawn Walter Bair, 22, of Elkhart entered the store around 9:30 p.m. but roamed the store's aisles for 30 minutes, checking his cell phone periodically.

The first shooting took place around 10:05 p.m. where Krystle Dikes, 20, was the first victim. She was stocking shelves when Bair used a 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun against her.

He then moved to another aisle where he ran into another employee. They had a verbal altercation before the woman took off running. Bair fired shots and missed the woman. She was able to escape from the store.

Bair then moved to another aisle where he came into contact with the next victim Rachelle Godfread, 44, a shopper at Martin's. Police say Godread was shot multiple times.

Police arrived at the Martin's around 10:10 p.m. to find Bair holding the Martin's manager hostage. Bair saw police coming toward him and began to run. The manager was able to escape at this time.

Police fatally shot Bair in the store. They say he also had a large hunting knife on him, in addition to the gun.

NewsCenter 16 will continue to follow this story Thursday and bring you the latest as we get it.


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