Several people have been killed in New Orleans, after an armed man got into a heated argument with a gun store clerk and opened fire, before he was confronted and shot dead by other armed customers.
The incident took place at the Jefferson Gun Outlet – a firearms store and a shooting range – in Metairie, Louisiana, around 3pm, resulting in at least three deaths.
According to local media reports, the shooting happened after a clerk scolded one of the customers for carrying a loaded gun outside of the shooting range quarters. The altercation escalated into a firefight, with several other customers joining the spat in an attempt to neutralize the suspect.
JPSO saying multiple people were shot… at least are 3 dead at this point.Officials will soon hold a press conference here outside of the outlet.Stay with @wdsu for the latest on this investigation. pic.twitter.com/4BN2BKTs5C
— Shay O’Connor (@SOCONNORNEWS) February 20, 2021
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the suspect is one of the three people pronounced dead at the scene. Two more people injured in the shootout were rushed to a hospital, but are thought to be in stable condition.
Police believe the suspect opened fire first, killing two people inside the store, but details of the skirmish remain scarce while authorities are investigating the crime scene.
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