Fordyce, Arkansas shooting: 2 dead, 8 injured following grocery store shooting


Ten people were shot, two fatally, following an active shooter incident at the Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce, Arkansas, according to state police.

A law enforcement officer was among those affected and his injuries are not life-threatening. The shooter was also shot and seriously injured by responding police officers.

“At approximately 11:30 a.m. today, Arkansas State Police responded to a shooting at the Mad Butcher Grocery Store in Fordyce,” an Arkansas State Police news release states. “In total, nine civilians were shot, two of them fatally. A law enforcement officer was also shot and his injuries were not life-threatening.

The suspected shooter was seriously injured, according to the press release, and is in police custody.

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A witness, David Rodriguez, told CNN he was walking to a gas station when he heard “pops,” which he thought were fireworks. Shortly after the suspect began firing bullets more rapidly, Rodriguez saw people fleeing the scene. He then heard sirens and saw ambulances and police arriving at the scene.

Rodriguez claims the windows of the Mad Butcher grocery store were smashed as if they had been “opened” by gunfire.

Matthew Gill, the Mad Butcher's meat manager, told CNN that a man entered the store with a shotgun and got into a shootout with police.

As the shooting unfolded, some people hid in a cooler at the grocery store, Fordyce City Council member Roderick Rogers told CNN affiliate KATV. He said he was on the phone with someone in the store when the shooting happened.

“Man, that was bad,” Rogers said.

The council member said he has spoken to survivors of the shooting who “are traumatized.”

“We are trying to get advice and everything is set up at the moment,” he added.

At least 234 mass shootings took place in the United States in 2024, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, which, like CNN, defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are shot, according to CNN. exclusion of the shooter.

Fordyce, a small town in southeastern Dallas County, had just 3,396 residents in 2020.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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