Victim of Arkansas mass shooter was treating wounded when she was killed, police say | EUROtoday

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An Arkansas capturing sufferer was fatally shot whereas tending to a different sufferer’s gunshot wounds within the Fordyce, Arkansas grocery store capturing.

Travis Posey, 44, is accused of opening hearth in Mad Butcher grocery retailer within the small Arkansas city, on Friday, June 21 at 11:38am in a bloodbath that killed 4 and left 10 others wounded, together with the gunman.

During the incident, “we observed the very best and very worst of humanity,” Arkansas State Police Col Mike Hagar mentioned at a press convention on Sunday.

He was referring to Callie Weems, 23, who was on the grocery retailer when the gunfire broke out.

Callie Weems was killed in the Fordyce, Arkansas mass shooting
Callie Weems was killed within the Fordyce, Arkansas mass capturing (Facebook)

“Instead of fleeing the store, she rendered aid to the victim in one of the most selfless acts I’ve ever seen,” Hagar mentioned. The shooter then fired at Weems. She later succumbed to her accidents, forsaking her 10-month-old child.

Police are nonetheless uncertain of Posey’s motive. “It was just a completely random senseless act,” the colonel mentioned.

He added that understanding the motive this would be the focus of their investigation. At this stage, it seems there was “no personal connection” between shooter and victims, however the victims had been simply “targets of opportunity.”

In the parking zone exterior of the shop, Posey was “engaging” customers after which entered the Mad Butcher and began “firing indiscriminately” at customers and workers, Hagar mentioned.

Posey was booked on Friday, not long after opening fire in the supermarket
Posey was booked on Friday, not lengthy after opening hearth within the grocery store (Ouachita County Jail)

The shooter had a 12 gauge shotgun, a pistol, in addition to a bandelier with dozens of additional shotgun rounds on his particular person, Hagar mentioned. Posey fired “dozens” of rounds — virtually all of which had been fired from the shotgun.

The colonel added that Hagar has a restricted legal historical past, if any in any respect. The shooter was additionally injured within the trade of gunfire with legislation enforcement — who responded to the incident inside three minutes, Hagar mentioned. Posey was handled for non-life-threatening accidents and was then taken to Ouachita County Detention Center.

Hagar mentioned authorities intend to “make sure he is held accountable for his despicable actions.”

Posey faces 4 counts of capital homicide — in addition to further pending costs. “With the capital murder charges, the death penalty would be on the table,” Hagar mentioned.

The colonel known as Friday’s tragedy an instance of “unspeakable violence.”

In whole, along with the shooter, 11 civilians and two legislation enforcement officers had been shot.

Police launched Weems’ identification on Sunday morning, alongside the three different individuals who have since died: Shirley Taylor, 62, Roy Sturgis, 50, and Ellen Shrum, 81.

Four of those that had been injured are nonetheless within the hospital, police mentioned, together with one lady in important situation.

The three others had been handled and launched from the hospital on Friday. Police didn’t reveal their identities.