Published: 15:53, June 22, 2024
Three people killed in Arkansas supermarket shooting
By Reuters
Bullet holes are seen to a front window as law enforcement officers work after a shooting incident at Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce, Arkansas, United States, June 21, 2024. (ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE VIA AP)

A shooter opened fire at a supermarket in Arkansas, the United States, on Friday, killing three civilians and wounding 10 other people including two police officers, Arkansas State Police said.

The suspect was also wounded in a shootout with police, Arkansas State Police Director Mike Hagar told reporters.

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The shooting occurred at the Mad Butcher grocery in Fordyce, a town of 3,200 people about 112 kilometers south of Little Rock.

"Unfortunately, we can confirm that 11 innocent civilians were shot, and three of those are deceased. Two law enforcement officers were injured in the exchange of gunfire. The suspect was also shot and taken into custody," Hagar said.

He did not explain the circumstances of the shooting or take questions.

Police respond to the scene of a shooting in Fordyce, Arkansas, June 21, 2024. (KATV VIA AP)

The wounded police officers and the suspect were expected to survive, he said.

Civilian injuries ranged from non-life-threatening to extremely critical, he said.

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Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on social media platform X that she was briefed on the incident.

"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," she said.