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Employee, shopper, gunman dead after late-night shooting at NW Indiana grocery store

Three people, including the gunman, died Wednesday night after a shooting at an Elkhart grocery store.

Elkhart police received a call about an active shooter at Martin's Super Market about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said at a news conference.

A gunman walked into the store and used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot and kill a woman, then walked to another aisle and shot and killed another woman, Smith said. One victim was an employee and appeared to be in her late teens or early 20s and the other was a shopper who appeared to be in her 40s, he said. They were found about 12 aisles apart.

Smith also said the shooter was pointing at a third person when police arrived. The gunman was killed by Elkhart police. A gun and a large knife were found near the gunman, who Smith said lived in the area and was in his early 20s.

The identities of the women and gunman were not released. Police do not know if the shooter knew the victims.

The Indiana State Police will investigate the shooting because the Elkhart Police Department was involved in the shooting, Smith said.

"We do have a lot of things to look at as far as video surveillance," Smith said, noting that state and city police also are interviewing witnesses.

Martin's Super Market posted a statement on its Facebook page, saying "Thank you to our community for your thoughts and prayers tonight. We will comment further when we can do so responsibly and appropriately."