Victims Identified in Shooting at Arkansas Grocery Store

Victims Identified in Shooting at Arkansas Grocery Store
Damage can be seen to a front window as law enforcement officers work the scene of a shooting at the Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce, Ark., on June 21, 2024. (Colin Murphey/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Police said a fourth victim died a day after a shooter opened fire at an Arkansas grocery store.

The latest victim died Saturday evening, Arkansas state police said in a statement.

Police said 15 people were shot Friday, including 12 civilians, two law enforcement officers, and the suspect.

The shooting in Arkansas took place around 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce, a city of about 3,200 people located 65 miles south of Little Rock.

Video posted on social media showed at least one person lying in the parking lot, while another captured multiple gunshots ringing out. Images from reporters on the scene showed a slew of bullet holes in the store’s window, and spent shell casings strewn throughout the parking lot. Local and state agencies could be seen responding, with at least one medical helicopter landing nearby.

The dead were identified as Shirley Taylor, 62; Callie Weems, 23; Roy Sturgis, 50; and Ellen Shrum, 81. They were all civilians, according to the statement.

The wounded range in age from 20 to 65, police said. Five were still hospitalized, including a woman in critical condition.

The wounded agents were identified as Fordyce Police Officer James Johnson, 31, who was released from a hospital Saturday evening; and Stuttgart Police Officer John Hudson, 24, whose injuries were said to be minor.

Police identified the suspect as Travis Eugene Posey, 44, of New Edinburg, and said he will be charged with four counts of capital murder.

“He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement,” police said in the statement. Mr. Posey was released to police custody and taken to the Ouachita County Detention Center.

Police said Sunday that Mr. Posey’s motive was still unclear, but he appeared to have no personal connection to any of the victims.

A state police spokesperson said Sunday she believed Mr. Posey had an attorney, but she did not know the person’s name.