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Jan 16, 2014 12:45 PM by NBC News

Gunman shot dead after killing 2 women in IN grocery store

A gunman killed an employee and a customer at an Indiana grocery store before being shot dead by police, officials said early Thursday.

The suspect was identified Thursday as Shawn Walter Bair, a resident of Elkhart, Ind., the city where the shooting occurred. He had his gun pointed at a third person when officers arrived at Martin's Super Market in Elkhart, State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said in a press conference early Thursday.

When he pointed his weapon at the officers, they shot him dead, Smith said.

"We're pretty confident that Elkhart's quick response to the scene most definitely saved some lives tonight," Smith said.

Smith said it was a "huge crime scene" and that shots had been fired from one end of the store to the next. The victims were found 10 to 12 aisles apart.

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