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Shooting at Arkansas grocery store leaves 3 dead, 10 injured, police say

FORDYCE, Ark. (AP) — A gunman opened fire Friday at an Arkansas grocery store, killing three people and wounding 10 others, including two law enforcement officers, police said.

The shooting happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. at the Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce, a town of about 3,200 people located 65 miles (104 kilometers) south of Little Rock.

Responding officers shot the suspected shooter, whose injuries were not life-threatening, Arkansas Department of Public Safety Director Mike Hagar said at a news conference Friday. The two officers involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The remaining injuries ranged from “not life-threatening to extremely serious,” Hagar said.

“It’s tragic, our hearts are broken,” he said.

This is the latest mass shooting in which the grocery store is the backdrop. In 2022, a white supremacist killed 10 black people at a Buffalo supermarket. This shooting came a little more than a year after the shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, where 10 people were killed.

Police did not immediately say whether the shooting happened inside or outside the store. Hagar said they plan to release more information later Friday evening.

Video posted to social media showed at least one person lying in the parking lot, while another captured several gunshots ringing out.

Images from journalists on site showed numerous bullet holes in the grocery window. In video footage, local and state agencies could be seen responding to the scene, with at least one medical helicopter landing nearby.

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she had been informed of the shooting.

“I am grateful to law enforcement and first responders for their quick and heroic action to save lives,” Sanders said on the social media platform by this.”

David Rodriguez, 58, had stopped at his local gas station in Fordyce to fill up his car when he heard what he thought were fireworks coming from a nearby vendor's stand.

“We heard a few little pops,” he said.

He then saw people running from the Mad Butcher grocery store toward the parking lot, as well as a person lying on the ground. He began recording video with his phone before the gunfire intensified.

“The police started arriving, then there was massive shooting and ambulances arrived,” he said. “The bullets were flying.”

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