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3 killed, 10 wounded in mass shooting outside Arkansas grocery store

Three people were killed and ten others injured in a mass shooting Friday outside a grocery store in Fordyce, Arkansas, state police said. Two law enforcement officers were among the injured, but their condition was not life-threatening, police said at a press conference in the afternoon.

Arkansas State Police responded to the Mad Butcher grocery store at 11:38 a.m. local time on Friday. When officers arrived, they shot the lone suspect, authorities said.

A video clip from the scene appears to show a man in the parking lot armed with a shotgun shooting at police officers who returned fire.

The eight injured civilians have injuries ranging from non-life-threatening to extremely serious, Arkansas Department of Public Safety Director Mike Hagar said during the press briefing.

“This situation is secure and contained. There is no active threat to the community,” Hagar said.

The shooter, identified by police as Travis Eugene Posey, 44, of New Edinburg, Arkansas, was arrested. Police said he was initially treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries he suffered in the shootout with officers, then was taken into custody for three counts of capital murder.

A witness, David Rodriguez, was at a gas station next to the grocery store when the shooting began. He told CBS News that he pulled into the gas station and “heard pops” and at first he thought it was fireworks. Then, he said, he heard sirens and saw police arriving and “people just started running everywhere.”

Rodriguez took out his cell phone and began filming moments after hearing the gunshots. “There’s someone lying in the parking lot, shot,” he can be heard saying.

Rodriguez told CBS News, “It was a real scare.”

Ken Vanderzwalm, who worked three doors down from the grocery store at a lawn mower supplier, told CBS News that several people ran into their store when the shooting started, “crying and screaming.” Vanderzwalm, a former police officer, who said he was armed, said he let people know they would be “safe” inside the building.

“We had a lot of kids who were really traumatized,” he said.

Vanderzwalm said he was quite shaken and described it as “something you see on TV” where shots were fired continuously.

Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on social media: “I have been informed of the tragic shooting in Fordyce and am in constant contact with State Police at the scene. I am grateful to law enforcement and first responders for their quick response and heroic action to save lives. My prayers go out to the victims and all those affected by this situation. »

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said special agents from the ATF’s New Orleans field office were on scene and assisting in response to the shooting.

The White House released a statement saying, “We are grateful to the law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s way by engaging the suspect and taking him into custody. Federal law enforcement is helping to ‘local investigation.’

This is the latest mass shooting against a backdrop of a grocery store. In 2022, a white supremacist killed 10 black people at a Buffalo supermarket. This shooting came a little more than a year after the shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, where 10 people were killed.

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