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

The suspected shooter is a man, according to a report from local TV station WDUS citing police officials.

Armed bystanders stopped a mass shooting in Louisiana that left three people dead, including the suspect, and two injured down the road from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Saturday afternoon, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. He added that two other people were wounded and have been hospitalized in stable condition.

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

A gunman shot two people inside the store.


In that case, police responded to reports of possible gunfire and found both victims dead in a auto outside an apartment building on Yale Street.

Guns and ammunition are sold in the front of the outlet that faces the main thoroughfare through Jefferson Parish. 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. Staff who work there often wear a sidearm.

"Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and two more were transported to a local hospital for treatment", according to a statement released by the sheriff's office.

"We're trying to put it all together, piece it together with what we have in this development scene", the sheriff said. Lopinto said the investigation was continuing as authorities tried to determined details of what happened. A neighboring Taco Bell had been evacuated.

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