Indiana State Police said the shooting happened at around 10 p.m.
local time at an open but sparsely populated Martin's Super Market
in Elkhart, a city of some 50,000 residents about 140 miles north of
Indianapolis in the U.S. state.
"We believe it was a single shooter and he is dead," Indiana State
Police spokesman Trent Smith told a news conference.
He referenced recent shootings in public places that have ignited a
fierce national debate on gun control. On Tuesday, a 12-year-old boy
wounded two students when he opened fire with a shotgun at a New
Mexico middle school.
It was the second attack at a U.S. middle school in the past three
"There's not a day that goes by, it seems like anymore, where we're
not learning of a school shooting or at a business ... we hope that
this would never come to our home town and here it is," Smith said.
The three dead were believed to be a female store employee in her
late teens or early 20s, a female shopper in her mid-40s, and the
shooter, who was thought to be in his late teens or early 20s, Smith
Details such as what motivated the violence and whether there was
any connection between the gunman and store employees were not
immediately known, he said.
Police found a large knife and a semi-automatic handgun inside the
store near the suspect, who was believed to live in the area, Smith
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Police were withholding the suspect's name pending notification of
Police entering the grocery store rushed toward the sound of
gunfire, Smith said. They saw the shooter, his gun pointed at a
person believed to be a supermarket employee's head, as they turned
a corner of a food aisle. Police then killed the suspect in an
exchange of gunfire.
Smith said the officers likely saved the person's life.
Martin's Super Markets, founded in 1947, operates 21 stores in
Indiana and Michigan, according to its website.
"Thank you to our community for your thoughts and prayers tonight,"
the store said in a statement on its Facebook page.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; editing by Elizabeth
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