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January 16, 2014

UPDATE: Three dead in Elkhart after shooting in Martins Super Market

Martin's officials comment on tragedy.

ELKHART — State police have released the ages of the two women killed by a gunman inside a northern Indiana grocery store.

State police Sgt. Trent Smith says those fatally shot Wednesday night at a Martin's Super Market in Elkhart were a 20-year-old store employee and a 44-year-old woman who is believed to have been a store customer.

Smith says the 22-year-old gunman was killed by two Elkhart police officers who confronted him inside the store.

He says investigators don't believe the gunman knew the victims.

Smith says the gunman used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot the women at sites about a dozen aisles apart.

Authorities haven't yet released the names of those killed. A news conference is scheduled for later today.

Indiana State Police said, at 10:07 p.m. Elkhart Police dispatch received a 911 phone call of a gunman in the Martin's Super Market located at 3900 E. Bristol St. on the northeast side of the city. The first two officers on the scene arrived within three minutes confronting the armed man, shooting and killing him. The 22-year-old male suspect died at the scene as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. The man was armed with a .40 caliber semi automatic handgun and a large hunting knife.

Officers on the scene soon discovered two female victims that had been shot and killed by the armed man. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. One 20 year old female was identified as an employee of Martin's and the other 44 year old woman is presumed to be a patron of the store at this time.

The names of the victims and the shooter will be released as next of kin are notified. The Elkhart City Police Department will release the names of the two officers at their discretion.

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