Arkansas police reveal nurse was killed in mass shooting while trying to save another victim

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By Kim Novak

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A nurse who stepped in to help those injured in a mass shooting at an Arkansas grocery store is revealed to have died in the attack.

On Friday, June 21, a gunman opened fire at the Mad Butcher grocery in Fordyce, around 70 miles south of Little Rock.

He opened fire in the store with a shotgun, killing four people and wounding nine.

It has now been revealed that 23-year-old Callie Weems, a nurse who'd been trying to help those affected, is one of those killed in the atrocity.


Police revealed on Sunday (June 23) that Weems had bravely stepped in to help another of the victims, despite it putting herself in danger, too.

Colonel Mike Hagar, director of the Arkansas State police, said in a press conference: "Instead of fleeing the store, she stopped to render aid in one of the most selfless acts I've ever seen."


Weems had come from three generations of nurses and was an avid horserider.

Her father, Tommy Weems, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that her nickname was "Woodrow", after the character Woodrow Call from the book and TV series Lonesome Dove.

Her father told the outlet: "She died doing what she always does: Helping."

A GoFundMe has been set up in the wake of Weems' death, in which it was revealed that she was also a mother to a 10-month-old daughter.

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Investigators are yet to determine a motive for the attack, which happened in a town of just 3,200 people, naming it a "completely random, senseless act."

Hagar added that the shooter, who was armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and a pistol, began firing indiscriminately in the parking lot of the store, before moving inside.

GettyImages-926719206 (5).jpgThe responding officers were praised for putting themselves between the shooter and civilians. Credit: kali9/Getty Images

He revealed: "During the incident, we observed the very best and the very worst of humanity," as he praised six responding officers who put themselves between the shooter and civilians.

Two officers were also revealed to have been wounded in the incident.

The deceased have been identified as Weems, 23, Shirley Taylor, 62, Roy Sturgis, 50, and Ellen Shrum, 81. The surviving victims who were injured in the attack range from 20 to 65 years old.

The suspect, named as 44-year-old Travis Eugene Posey, was also wounded in a shootout with police, and will be charged with four counts of capital murder.

Featured image credit: GoFundMe

Arkansas police reveal nurse was killed in mass shooting while trying to save another victim

vt-author-image

By Kim Novak

Article saved!Article saved!

A nurse who stepped in to help those injured in a mass shooting at an Arkansas grocery store is revealed to have died in the attack.

On Friday, June 21, a gunman opened fire at the Mad Butcher grocery in Fordyce, around 70 miles south of Little Rock.

He opened fire in the store with a shotgun, killing four people and wounding nine.

It has now been revealed that 23-year-old Callie Weems, a nurse who'd been trying to help those affected, is one of those killed in the atrocity.


Police revealed on Sunday (June 23) that Weems had bravely stepped in to help another of the victims, despite it putting herself in danger, too.

Colonel Mike Hagar, director of the Arkansas State police, said in a press conference: "Instead of fleeing the store, she stopped to render aid in one of the most selfless acts I've ever seen."


Weems had come from three generations of nurses and was an avid horserider.

Her father, Tommy Weems, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that her nickname was "Woodrow", after the character Woodrow Call from the book and TV series Lonesome Dove.

Her father told the outlet: "She died doing what she always does: Helping."

A GoFundMe has been set up in the wake of Weems' death, in which it was revealed that she was also a mother to a 10-month-old daughter.

Screenshot 2024-06-24 at 14.32.10.jpgCredit: GoFundMe

Investigators are yet to determine a motive for the attack, which happened in a town of just 3,200 people, naming it a "completely random, senseless act."

Hagar added that the shooter, who was armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and a pistol, began firing indiscriminately in the parking lot of the store, before moving inside.

GettyImages-926719206 (5).jpgThe responding officers were praised for putting themselves between the shooter and civilians. Credit: kali9/Getty Images

He revealed: "During the incident, we observed the very best and the very worst of humanity," as he praised six responding officers who put themselves between the shooter and civilians.

Two officers were also revealed to have been wounded in the incident.

The deceased have been identified as Weems, 23, Shirley Taylor, 62, Roy Sturgis, 50, and Ellen Shrum, 81. The surviving victims who were injured in the attack range from 20 to 65 years old.

The suspect, named as 44-year-old Travis Eugene Posey, was also wounded in a shootout with police, and will be charged with four counts of capital murder.

Featured image credit: GoFundMe