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Mass Murder in Fordyce, Arkansas

Posted on | June 22, 2024 | 1 Comment

Accused gunman Travis Posey

As soon as this shooting made the news on Friday, I immediately said what every Alabama fan said: “Bear Bryant’s hometown!”

Fordyce, in rural Dallas County, Arkansas, gave to the world the son of cotton farmers who went on to become the winningest football coach of his era, and the local high school football stadium is named in honor of Paul Bryant, who earned his famous nickname as a 13-year-old when he accepted a dare to wrestle a bear at a carnival. Like much of the heartland of America, rural Arkansas has experienced a “hollowing out” in recent decades; Dallas County’s population has declined by about a third in the past 25 years, and barely 6,000 people live there now.

It was terrible what happened there Friday:

Three people were killed and at least 11 others — including two police officers — were wounded in a mass shooting at a grocery store in Arkansas Friday morning.
The suspect — identified by the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office as Travis Posey, 44 — was shot by law enforcement and is now in custody.
Posey, a trucker, was previously arrested in 2011 for possessing a handgun at the gates of a New York military base near the Canadian border.
Eleven civilians were shot– three of them fatally — at the Mad Butcher in Fordyce, Mike Hagar, the Secretary of Arkansas Dept. of Public Safety and the Director of the Arkansas State Police said at a press conference. . . .
A motive was unclear as of Friday afternoon. . . .
“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,” Gov. Huckabee Sanders posted online ahead of the afternoon presser.
Posey, a truck driver from New Edinburg, Ark., was arrested in New York in 2011 for possessing a handgun at the Fort Drum military base in Watertown, about 30 miles from the Canadian border, a local outlet wrote at the time.
He was charged with 4th-degree criminal possession of a weapon but pleaded down to disorderly conduct in the town of LeRay Court. Police confiscated the gun and he paid a fine of $200.
Arkansas State Police said late Friday that Posey was being charged with three counts of capital murder with additional charges pending.

As my brother has said, “Crazy doesn’t need a motive.”


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