An armed man opened fire on a gun store in Metairie, Louisiana on Saturday, killing two people before others retaliated, killing him, authorities said.
Two other people were injured and in stable condition after the Jefferson Gun Outlet shooting, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
The sheriff’s office said the shooting happened just before 3 p.m. when a gunman shot dead two people inside the store. The gunman was then shot by people inside the store or in the outdoor parking lot, said Joseph P. Lopinto, the Sheriff of Jefferson Parish.
“I have several shooters here at this location who were either customers, employees or individuals right here, and we’re trying to put it all together and put it back together with what we have in this developing scene,” Sheriff said. Lopinto. at a press conference.
The sheriff’s office said it was investigating what could have sparked the initial shooting. The names of the three people killed have not been released.
Bob Jean, the owner of the nearby Airline Skate Center, described the Jefferson Gun Outlet as “a very nice and clean place” and said his rink didn’t have to close after the shoot. “The cops have everything under control,” he says.
He said the shooting was an anomaly in this section of Metairie, which is just outside of New Orleans.
“We have very little crime in this whole region,” Jean said. “This is the first incident. It is a sign of the times, unfortunately.
The Jefferson Gun Outlet says on its website that it has an indoor shooting range and retail store with hundreds of new and used firearms, as well as a large selection of accessories. range, personal defense items and reloading supplies.
The retail store, he says, is made up of longtime shooting enthusiasts and NRA instructors, most of whom have military and law enforcement backgrounds. The store also provides law enforcement officials with weapons and accessories, such as duty holsters, batons and gloves.