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Families, Elkhart community try to make sense of supermarket shooting

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Shawn Walter Bair. (Indiana State Police) Shawn Walter Bair. (Indiana State Police)
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The tragedy that occurred in Elkhart, Ind. Thursday morning has rocked the community to the core, and three families are now trying to make sense out of something that doesn't.

What drove a 22-year-old man to shoot and kill two women remains a mystery at this point and the victim's families are struggling with anger and grief.

A small memorial with flowers and sign asking people to pray and remember now stands at the back of the Martins Grocery Store parking lot.

The area is still roped off with police tape, the inside of the store still a crime scene.

Forty-four-year-old Rochelle Godfread was simply shopping inside when police say Shawn Bair shot and killed her.

"I want to say wrong place wrong time but it's never the, shouldn't happen to sometimes humanity goes wrong," Godfread's brother, Vince Bossnack said.

Godfread had just moved back from Evansville and was living with her parents. Her brother said she loved to stay active.

Twenty-year-old Kristle Dikes had been a stocker at Martins for about two weeks working the overnight shift according to her father.

He said he's been told she knew Bair through a mutual acquaintance.

Police say they haven't determined a motive for the murders, but did say Bair went to the grocery store with a 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a 10 inch hunting knife, and a purpose.

Dikes' father said her friends suggested Bair may have had an interest in her but it wasn't mutual.

Bair's Facebook page paints the picture of a trouble young man obsessed with serial killers and violence. He even ranted about going to hell and inflicting pain on those who would follow him.

The mayor hopes police can find answers to help the town move forward.

"We do read about these things, as you noted, all across these United States not thinking that it could ever happen here. But it has, and we will do our best to uncover the reason and always do our best to prevent such actions in the future," Elkhart's mayor, Dick Moore said.

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