Three dead and 10 injured in mass shooting outside of Arkansas grocery store

An investigation into the shooting is still ongoing, and the motive for the attack was not immediately clear. But conditions for those injured range from non life-threatening, to "extremely critical."

Published: June 21, 2024 3:27pm

Updated: June 21, 2024 10:53pm

Three people were killed in a mass shooting on Friday and 10 others were injured after a gunman opened fire outside of a grocery store in Fordyce, Arkansas, police officials said.

Law enforcement officials said that two of their officers, and alleged shooter Travis Eugene Posey were among the wounded in the shooting, but none of the three injuries are fatal, according to CBS News. 

Posey, who is 44-years-old, was critically wounded by law enforcement officers, but is in police custody. He has been charged with three counts of capital murder.

The conditions for the other people injured range from non life-threatening, to "extremely critical," Arkansas Department of Public Safety Director Mike Hagar said during a press briefing. 

Arkansas state police officials said the shooting occurred around 11:30 a.m. local time, in the parking lot of the Mad Butcher grocery store. An investigation into the shooting is still ongoing, and the motive for the attack was not immediately clear, but special agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were also on the scene.

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a Republican, said she has been in constant communication with state police on the situation, and praised their fast response.

"I am thankful to law enforcement and first responders for their quick and heroic action to save lives," Sanders said in a post to X. "My prayers are with the victims and all those impacted by this horrific incident."

The White House said President Joe Biden has been informed of the shooting, and said it is "grateful for the law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm's way by engaging the suspect and bringing him into custody."

No court date for Posey has been set so far, according to the Associated Press, and additional charges against him are still pending.

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