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Shawn Walter Bair, Elkhart Grocery Store Shooter, Called Himself a 'God' Online

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Friday, 17 Jan 2014 10:11 AM

By Clyde Hughes

Shawn Walter Bair, the Elkhart grocery store shooting suspect, described himself as a god and once wrote on Facebook that everyone would "taste the cold metal of my knife," NBC News reported.

Bair, 22, allegedly went on a shooting spree Wednesday night at Martin's Super Market in Elkhart, Ind., killing a store employee and a customer before police fatally shot him.

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Officials told WNDU-TV that Bair entered the store through the deli area around 10 p.m. and starting firing his semi-automatic handgun. Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said Bair pointed his weapon at them when they arrived on the scene, prompting officers to fire at him.

"We believe it was a single shooter and he is dead," Smith told reporters during a news conference Thursday morning. "We are pretty confident that Elkhart's [police department's] quick response to the scene most definitely saved lives tonight."

Smith said in the news conference that Elkhart police officers arrived on the scene within three minutes of the first call to 911.

NBC News uncovered violent posts on what appear to be Bair's Facebook page.

"I have now realized that everybody should die no matter race or religion black white everybody will taste the cold metal of my knife and death shall follow me collecting souls of the wicked," one post reportedly read.

Another post said: "I MAY BE GOING TO HELL BUT AT LEAST I'M GOING HONEST. YOU LOOK AT ME AND SEE THIS FREAK. I SEE A GOD."

The Elkhart Truth newspaper identified one of shooting victims as Krystle Dikes, a 20-year-old employee at the store.

"The police came to my house and knocked on my door, it was some time after like 1 o'clock in the morning, with two chaplains," Dikes' mother, Juanita Whitacre, told The Truth. "They asked me if I was Juanita Whitacre. I said, 'Yes.' They asked me if they could step in. I said, 'yes.' They came in and then they told me the news that nobody wants to hear."

Whitacre told the newspaper that Dikes had dreams of opening her own daycare center.

"Krystle loved people," her mother said. "She was very outgoing and she was free-spirited and independent. She probably had thousands of friends that are kids, teenagers, and she reached out to kids that had a lot of problems."

Police said Dikes and Bair may have dated in the past, according to ABC7Chicago.com, but it's not yet clear what the shooter's central motivation was. The second victim was identified as 44-year-old Rachelle Godfread.

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