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(ELKHART, Ind.) — Three people, including a gunman, are dead following a shooting late Wednesday night at an Indiana grocery store.

The shooter, identified by police as 22-year-old Shawn Walter Bair, went to Martin’s Super Market in Elkhart, Ind., “with a mission,” Wednesday night, armed with a semiautomatic 40-caliber handgun and a hunting knife, police said. It’s not clear how long he may have been planning the attack.

Surveillance video captured inside the store and described by police shows customers running, hiding and peeking around corners while Bair went on a three-minute-long rampage. Several store employees are caught on camera, staying behind to help customers to safety. At one point, an employee is seen running from the gunman and is able to escape. At another, the store manager came face-to-face with the gunman who briefly held him hostage, forcing him to his knees and taunting him.

Police arrived at the scene within two minutes of the first 911 call and entered the store while Bair was holding the manager hostage, authorities said. The manager was able to escape before police engaged Bair, shooting him dead in a store aisle.

Bair’s motive has not yet been determined, but authorities say they have information that may suggest there was some sort of relationship between him and at least one of his victims. Store employees say they recognized him as a regular shopper at the store.

Several rounds were fired in the store, both from police and the shooter, State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said.

“It’s a huge crime scene.  The areas where the shootings happened in the store are basically from one end of the store to the next,” Smith said.

One victim is a female store employee in her late teens or early 20s, while the other victim is a woman believed to be in her 40s, Smith said. The two have not been publicly unidentified.

Martin’s released a statement on Facebook, writing, “Thank you to our community for your thoughts and prayers tonight.  We will comment further when we can do so responsibly and appropriately.”

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