“He took his time. I think he might have been hesitant while he was in the store. But whether he was watching people or picking out people, we’ll never know,” Smith said.
He said Dikes was killed around 10:05 p.m.
Smith applauded the officers’ swift response, saying there was no doubt they saved lives.
A large knife was found near the gunman’s body, he said.
State police were investigating the incident because the Elkhart Police Department was involved in the shooting, Smith said.
Martin’s Super Market said the Elkhart store would remain closed Thursday. Crime tape blocked off the parking lot, where a half dozen snow-covered vehicles sat.
“The entire Martin’s family is saddened by this tragedy,” company president and CEO Rob Bartels said in a news release.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved and the entire community,” Bartels said.
Elkhart is in far northern Indiana, just south of the Indiana-Michigan border, and about 15 miles east of South Bend.