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January 19, 2014

WHOLE FAMILY: Feeling the pain of a senseless act of violence

Stunned. Still processing. Still don’t know all the facts, let alone the bigger answers like, “Why?” or worse, “What if I had been there? What if my children had been there?”

The Martin’s Super Market on East Bristol Street in Elkhart was the site of a triple-fatal shooting Wednesday night. Three people were shot and killed in the grocery store, one of them the shooter of the other two who was then taken out by adept Elkhart police officers.

For news coverage, see The Goshen News any time over the last few days. Or Facebook. Or national or international news.

I was driving home from the hospital — from the intensive care unit where trauma victims often end up, ironically — and saw my grocery store bathed in police-car lights. Curious. It’s been a few years since I’ve covered crime scenes or listened to police scanners, but my trained eye knew that kind of police presence meant something more than a shoplifting call.

“Maybe a bomb scare,” I thought and motored past.

Though I was tired and eager to be home, I lamented for a second that I wasn’t on duty either at the newspaper or the hospital, both places where there’s a slight advantage in being among the first to know what’s going on in the world.

Once home, I checked Facebook and saw the news: A shooting. At Martin’s? A shooting? At my Martin’s? A shooting. Right there at my Martin’s.

Stunned.

I thought of that Martin’s, my regular grocery store and a favorite coffee stop and study nook for me. I thought of my children with me in the checkout line, me corralling them away from the candy bars so we could pay and get home.

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