Tragic Shooting at Arkansas Grocery Store Leaves Four Dead, Nine Injured; Gunman Arrested After Firefight with Police

Fordyce, Ark. — Tragedy struck a small Arkansas town Friday when a gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire outside a local grocery store, resulting in four deaths and multiple injuries, including two police officers. According to Arkansas State Police, the assailant was apprehended following a shootout with law enforcement at the Mad Butcher grocery store shortly before noon.

State police director Mike Hagar reported that the shooter, now in police custody and injured in the exchange of gunfire, initially killed three individuals and injured ten others. Among the injured were two officers, though they sustained non-life-threatening injuries. By Saturday evening, another victim succumbed to their wounds, bringing the death toll to four.

The deceased have been identified as Shirley Taylor, 62, Callie Weems, 23, Roy Sturgis, 50, and Ellen Shrum, 81. Currently, the condition of the wounded remains serious for several individuals, while the shooter’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. The motive behind the attack is still under investigation.

Authorities have named the suspected gunman as Travis Eugene Posey, 44, a resident of New Edinburg, located roughly 11 miles southeast of Fordyce. Posey faces charges of capital murder, with additional charges pending further investigation.

The community of Fordyce, a quaint town with a population of over 3,700 according to recent census data, has been left reeling by the incident. Local resident Nancy Brazil described a harrowing experience as she and her parents were caught in the fray while arriving for their weekly grocery shopping. Brazil recounted how her father narrowly escaped a direct hit from a bullet that grazed his forehead and noted that their car was struck by gunfire more than 20 times.

“My dad got out of the car and immediately had to dive back in,” Brazil said. “It’s a miracle they’re okay. You don’t expect something like this to happen here, where everyone knows each other.”

In response to the shooting, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders expressed her gratitude towards first responders for their swift and courageous actions, which helped prevent further loss of life. She extended her prayers to the victims and those impacted by the tragedy, a sentiment echoed by the community and families affected.

As Fordyce mourns, investigators are working to piece together the events that led up to the shooting. The incident adds to a troubling trend of violence that small towns across America are increasingly facing, challenging the notion that such places are immune from such devastating acts. This tragedy underscores the need for heightened awareness and preparedness, even in the nation’s more rural and seemingly tranquil settings. The investigation is ongoing, and officials are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward to aid in bringing clarity and justice for the victims and their families.