Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 16, 2014

Martin's gunman had previous police record


ELKHART — The gunman who killed two people in an Elkhart Martin’s supermarket Wednesday night before being shot dead by police had a criminal history in Elkhart County.

Shawn W. Bair, 22, pleaded guilty to a Class D felony charge of theft May 17, 2010, in Elkhart Superior Court 4. He was sentenced June 15 that year.

Bair received an 18-month sentence in that case, with all but six months suspended. He was ordered to serve that sentence with the Elhart Community Corrections program, and also serve a year of probation. As a term of his probation, Bair was to enroll in the outreach program at the Oaklawn mental health facility, attend individual therapy and obtain a primary doctor or nurse practitioner. Bair was also ordered to obtain an addictions assessment at Oaklawn and follow-up.

Bair was also ordered to pay $5.89 in restiution to Martin’s. The store address listed in court documents was the market at 555 E. Jackson St., Elkhart. The Wednesday night shooting took place at the 3900 E. Bristol St. store location.

On Sept. 22, 2009, Bair pleaded guilty in Elkhart Superior Court 4 to a Class D felony count of possession of a controlled substance and a Class A misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. He received an 18-month sentence with all but 12 days suspended. Bair was also ordered to serve a term of probation. He was due to report to the Elkhart County work release center on Nov. 28, 2009 for work as directed.