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January 16, 2014

Identity of Martin's shooter released



As the manager walked down the aisle the shooter turned the gun right at him. From 10:08 to 10:10 p.m., Bair held the manager of the store hostage and asked him to go to his knees, Smith said, adding the on the video you can see the manager in a praying position. We see the shooter waving the gun around and taunting him at times, Smith said.

Thankfully police were already in the area, he added.

A 911 phone call was received at 10:07 p.m. Police were in the area already. As they approached the store and walked in through front door they could see where suspect was at. He could see the officers come in.

The manager ran and the suspect ran, Smith said. The manager was able to escape. The suspect stopped for a little while did some things with the gun and brandished his hunting knife. Police tried to clear the aisles as they went after Bair. As they entered the last aisle, the police and Bair were 10 to 15 feet from each other and shots were fired, Smith said.

Smith commended the the bravery and quick reaction of the Elkhart Police Department and added there were a couple of employees who knew what was happening and stayed to help get people out of the store.

As far as releasing the names, Smith said police are having trouble getting ahold of next of kin. The release of names will probably happen later today, he added.

Bair was living with parents, Smith said. Police have searched the home and some evidence has been recovered.

He also said that there may be a connection between the shooter and one of the victims. Police are still investigating that though.

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