3 dead in gun store shooting in New Orleans suburb

3 dead in gun store shooting in New Orleans suburb
People are comforted by law enforcement as the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies investigate a shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: A person entered a gun store in New Orleans suburb and fatally shot two people Saturday, prompting customers and staff to open fire on the shooter, according to a sheriff said. The shooter also died in the scene.

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

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said the shooter initially struck two people inside the gus store, and then several other people — whether customers and employees — opened fire on the shooter, both outside and inside of the building. A man could be seen outside the building afterward behind yellow police tape yelling “Where is my son?”

Ammunition and guns are sold in the front of the outlet that faces a main thoroughfare through Jefferson Parish. Customers who want to frequent the gun range usually go around to the side entrance of the building. Staff who work there often wear a sidearm.

The Sheriff said two other people also were hit by gunfire and were hospitalized in New Orleans stable condition. He said there were multiple shooters in all and investigators had just begun trying to piece together what had happened.

During a short briefing with journalists, the Sheriff said: “We’re trying to put it all together.”

None of the wonded or dead were immediately identified and details remained sketchy. Lopinto said that the investigation was continuing as authorities sought to determine exactly what happened.

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