Three dead, 10 wounded in Arkansas grocery store mass shooting


Mass shooting outside Arkansas grocery store

A mass shooting in at a grocery store in Fordyce, Arkansas, United States has led to the death of three person and 10 others wounded.

The Arkansas State Police at a news conference on Friday said the shooter was a lone gunman and killed three people and wounded 10 others including two policemen.

The Cable News Network reports that the assailant was wounded in a shootout with the police and had been taken into custody.

Mike Hagar, the Secretary of Public Safety and Director of Arkansas State Police said the police first received calls about an active shooter engaged in mass shooting at the Mad Butcher grocery store at around 11:30 a.m. local time.

Arkansas Governor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in a tweet on X said she had been briefed on the tragic shooting in Fordyce, saying she was in constant touch with the State Police at the scene.
She wrote: “I have been briefed on the tragic shooting in Fordyce, and I’m in constant contact with State Police at the scene.
‘I am thankful to law enforcement and first responders for their quick and heroic action to save lives. My prayers are with the victims and all those impacted by this horrific incident.”

One witness, David Rodriguez, told CNN that he was pulling into a gas station when he heard “pops,” which he thought were fireworks.

He said shortly after, the suspect began firing bullets more rapidly, as he saw people running from the scene.

He then heard sirens and saw ambulances and police arrive at the scene.

Rodriguez said the Mad Butcher grocery store’s front windows were broken as if they had been “shot open” by gunfire.

The White House in a short statement said, “We are grateful for the law enforcement officers who put themselves in harm’s way by engaging the suspect and bringing him into custody. Federal law enforcement is assisting with the local investigation.”

There have been hundreds of mass shooting in the United States this year, with several lives lost.

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