National News: At least 3 people, including 2 police officers, injured at Walmart shooting in Arkansas, police say


By Micaela A Watts, Corinne S Kennedyand Samuel Hardiman, Memphis Commercial Appeal

MEMPHIS – At least three people, including two police officers, were injured during an active shooter incident at a Walmart Supercenter in Forrest City, Arkansas, authorities say.

Arkansas state police said two officers with the Forrest City Police Department were injured during the shooting.

Forrest City Police dispatcher Chastity Boyd said three people were shot inside the Walmart. Boyd said she doesn’t know whether a suspect has been detained. Boyd did not have information about the extent of their injuries.

Forrest City dispatchers confirmed around 11:40 a.m. local time that the incident was over.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed on Twitter special agents were responding to the incident.

The Walmart Supercenter is less than 50 miles west of Memphis in eastern Arkansas.

Kimani McKnight, an employee at the nearby Dollar Tree store, said she did not see or hear anything that took place at the Walmart but that the Dollar Tree had been put on lockdown.

“I’m scared,” said Kim Bery, an employee at an auto parts store across the street from the Walmart.

Bery said she could see a lot of police presence at the Walmart and employees appeared to have been evacuated into the parking lot.

Forrest City School District said it was aware of an incident nearby Central Elementary’s campus.

“All students and staff are safe and administrators took all appropriate actions. We are praying for the officers injured in the incident and would like to thank the Forrest City Police Department for their rapid response to this emergency situation,” the school district wrote in a Facebook post.

The incident comes just months after a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in August left 22 people dead in a rampage during which the suspect is accused of targeting Mexicans. The alleged shooter faces federal charges, including hate crime charges.

In July, two men were killed in a shooting at a Mississippi Walmart, and a suspect described by police as a disgruntled former employee was charged with two counts of murder.

The company did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

Contributing: Ryan Miller, USA TODAY, and the Associated Press. Miller reported from McLean, Va.