2 dead, 8 injured in Arkansas grocery store shooting

Fordyce, Ark. 3 people were killed and 10 injured in a shooting at a grocery store in , on Friday morning.

A gunman opened fire at the Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce, central Arkansas, around 11:30 a.m., Arkansas State Police said in a statement.

The shooter, whose name has not been released, was shot and wounded by police before being taken into custody, police said.

10 people, including two law enforcement officers, were injured in the shooting. The officers had non-life threatening injuries. Arkansas State Police Director Mike Hagar told a news conference that the shooter’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Mr. Hagar said.

The motive behind the shooting is not clear.

Video and pictures circulating on social media showed bullet holes in the store’s window and what appeared to be someone firing a gun from the parking lot.

David Rodriguez was filling up his car at a nearby gas station when he heard some popping sounds that he thought were fireworks.

“Then, all of a sudden, there was mass shooting between the police and people in the parking lot,” Mr. Rodriguez, 58, of Kingsland, Ark., said in an interview. Before he realized he had to run away, he took out his phone and started filming.

Matt Gill was at Matt Butcher’s, working his shift as a butcher, when he heard Pops.

“Everybody was like, ‘What’s that noise,'” Mr. Gill, 38, said in an interview. “I said, ‘Ma’am, that’s a gun. We’ve got to go.'”

Mr. Gill said he led his co-workers out of the back of the store, but was separated as a few store clerks fled.

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Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Social media He was updated on the shooting in Fordyce, a town of about 3,300 residents about 70 miles south of Little Rock, Ark.

“I thank law enforcement and first responders for their swift and heroic action to save lives,” he wrote.

There have been several shootings at department stores in recent years. In 2019, a gunman killed 23 people at a Walmart store in El Paso. In 2022, a gunman killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo.

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