New Details Emerge: Arkansas Grocery Store Shooting Leaves 14 Shot And 4 Dead

By Victor Smiroff | Monday, 24 June 2024 04:10 PM
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In a shocking incident that unfolded in Arkansas, a gunman opened fire at a local grocery store, leading to the death of four individuals and injuring nine others.

The assailant's bullets not only caused human casualties but also left cars in the vicinity riddled with bullet holes, causing bystanders to scramble for safety in a state of panic.

According to ABC News, the fourth victim succumbed to their injuries on Saturday evening, as confirmed by the Arkansas state police. The statement released by the police detailed that a total of 14 individuals were hit by gunfire, including "11 civilians, two law enforcement officers and the suspect."

The deceased victims were identified as Shirley Taylor, 62, Callie Weems, 23, Roy Sturgis, 50, and Ellen Shrum, 81, all civilians as per the police statement. The wounded, ranging in age from 20 to 65, included four individuals who were still hospitalized, one of whom was in a critical condition.

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The injured law enforcement officers were identified as Fordyce Police Officer James Johnson, 31, who was discharged from the hospital on Saturday evening, and Stuttgart Police Officer John Hudson, 24, who sustained minor injuries.

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The suspect, identified as Travis Eugene Posey, 44, of New Edinburg, is set to face four counts of capital murder. "He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement," the police statement read. Following his treatment, Posey was released into police custody and transported to the Ouachita County Detention Center.

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The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, with a media briefing scheduled for Sunday afternoon to provide updates on the incident. As of Friday, it was unknown whether Posey had legal representation, and the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that he was being held at the detention center but had no information about a possible lawyer.

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The incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce, a small city of approximately 3,200 residents located 65 miles south of Little Rock. City council member Roderick Rogers recounted the chaos that ensued, with people scrambling for cover in every direction. "People were just jumping into cars to get to safety," Rogers said.

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Social media posts from the scene showed the aftermath of the shooting, with images of a person lying in the parking lot and the sound of multiple gunshots echoing in the background. Reporters at the scene captured images of the store’s window peppered with bullet holes and spent shell casings scattered across the parking lot. Video footage showed local and state agencies responding, with at least one medical helicopter landing nearby.

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This incident marks yet another mass shooting at a grocery store, a disturbing trend that has seen similar incidents in recent years. In 2022, a white supremacist killed 10 Black individuals at a Buffalo supermarket, following a similar incident in Boulder, Colorado, where 10 people were fatally shot at a supermarket. These incidents underscore the urgent need for effective measures to curb gun violence and ensure public safety.

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