The suspect was also killed during the heated exchange. The Associated Press reports that the first shooter, a customer at the gun store and range, fired the initial shots inside where he hit two people who were later pronounced dead.
Here at the scene of where JPSO says multiple shootings just took place here at the Jefferson Gun Outlet. At least one dead. We are working to find out details on the situation. Watch @wdsu at 5P. pic.twitter.com/jkLpj55pee
— Shay O’Connor (@SOCONNORNEWS) February 20, 2021
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto told the AP that several people in the store then followed the shooter and fired shots both inside and outside of the building, killing the suspect. In total, three people died during the shooting. Two other people were shot during the exchange and were hospitalized in stable condition.
“We’re trying to put it all together, piece it together,” Lopinto told AP.
At least 3 dead in shooting at gun outlet in Metairie, Louisiana https://t.co/hXWwU6MGgb
— Steve Lookner (@lookner) February 20, 2021
NBC reports that the fight broke out after a customer entered the gun outlet with a loaded gun that was unholstered. The man then got into an argument with a store clerk, who told him not to have a loaded gun until he was in the outlet’s range.
None of the victims have been identified and local officials are still parsing out details from the incident.
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