Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Elkhart Victim Had Ties to Former UE Star ; Gunman Killed after Shooting Worker, Customer

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Elkhart Victim Had Ties to Former UE Star ; Gunman Killed after Shooting Worker, Customer

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ELKHART - The manager of an Indiana grocery store where a shopper and employee had just been fatally shot was on his knees in front of the gunman and appeared to be praying when police entered, catching the shooter's eye and giving the manager enough time to run. That split-second diversion likely saved the manager's life and enabled police to chase down Shawn Walter Bair and kill him Wednesday night before anyone else in the Martin's Super Market was harmed.

With the gunman distracted, the manager ran down a store aisle, Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said at a news conference Thursday. Bair then ran down a parallel aisle before stopping and doing something with his gun and pulling out a large knife. Officers clearing people from the store suddenly found themselves 10 feet away and shot him, Smith said.

Officers found the bodies of Krystle Dikes, 20, of Elkhart, who just recently started working at Martin's, and customer Rachelle Godfread, 44, of Elkhart, about 12 aisles apart. Godfread was shot multiple times, Smith said.

Godfread was the ex-wife of Dan Godfread, a standout basketball player for the University of Evansville in the late 1980s before a short stint in the National Basketball Association. The Godfreads' son, Joe, played at North High School through his junior year and is now a member of the Indiana University-South Bend men's basketball team, according to the school's website. Joe Godfread transferred from North to Elkhart Central High School for his senior year.

Police still were seeking a motive, even as a few details about the gunman started to emerge.

Bair, 22, of Elkhart, was convicted four years ago of stealing from another Martin's store in Elkhart. On his Facebook page he had pictures of serial killers and wrote about Lucifer, going to hell and about realizing "that everybody should die. …

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