Fourth person dies after Arkansas store shooting

A fourth person has died a day after a shooter opened fire at an Arkansas grocery store, wounding nine others and riddling cars with bullet holes as panicked bystanders scrambled for cover.

The person died on Saturday night, Arkansas state police said in a statement, listing 14 people hit by gunfire: "11 civilians, two law enforcement officers and the suspect."

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

The wounded range in age between 20 and 65, police said. Four were still in hospital, including a woman who was in critical condition.

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

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

"He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement" and was then released to police custody and taken to the Ouachita County Detention Centre, police said in the statement.

Police have not released a motive.

The Ouachita County Sheriff's Office confirmed that Posey was being held at the detention centre but had no information about a possible lawyer.

The shooting took place on Friday at the Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce, located 104km south of Little Rock.

Roderick Rogers, a member of the city council, said he called the sheriff when employees at his restaurant nearby notified him of the shooting.

When he got there, Rogers saw people running for cover in every direction, even one running to the hospital nearby.

"People were just jumping into cars to get to safety," he said.

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 at the scene showed a slew of bullet holes in the store's window, and spent shell casings strewn throughout the parking lot.

It was the latest mass shooting with a grocery store as its backdrop. In 2022 a white supremacist killed 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket.