Wednesday, 24 February, 2021


Sheriff: 3 Dead in Gun Store Shooting in New Orleans Suburb

Law enforcement officers stand near the site of a shooting at a gun store in Metairie Louisiana Louisiana police respond to 'multiple deaths' at gun store
Bennie Garza | 21 February, 2021, 12:28

The shooting happened at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in the suburb of Metairie, Louisiana, around 2:50 p.m., according to a release from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

After exchanging fire with "multiple other individuals", the shooter also died, it said.

"We're trying to put it all together, piece it together", the sheriff said.

New Orleans Advocate reporter Ramon Vargas wrote on Twitter that he saw two screens used to shield bodies from view set up outside the Jefferson Gun Outlet and a handgun on the ground.

Bystanders react at the scene of a multiple fatality shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La., on February 20, 2021.

Sources said the suspect got into an argument with a clerk who told him he should not have a loaded gun until he got inside the range, Daily Mail reported.

None of the dead or wounded were immediately identified and details remained sketchy. Lopinto said the investigation was continuing as authorities tried to determined details of what happened. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.

Bullet holes could be seen in the window of the gun store in the hours after the shooting, according to footage from New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO.

"We heard the gunshots and the screaming", he told the Associated Press news agency. One instructor stayed with the students while two others left the room and headed toward the sound of gunfire. He described seeing shattered glass, bullet casings strewn about the store. A neighboring Taco Bell was evacuated.

The scene remains active.

Jefferson Parish authorities were investigating a shooting that caused "multiple deaths" Saturday afternoon in Metairie, 15 minutes west of New Orleans, Fox 8 reported.

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