BREAKING: Reports are coming in from multiple outlets that armed citizens have ended a shooting spree at a Louisiana gun store and shooting range.
The shooting occurred at approximately 3PM local time on Saturday at the Jeferson Gun Outlet in Metairie outside of New Orleans. Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto told the press that one suspect shot and killed two victims inside the gun-store. Multiple armed bystanders then opened fire at the suspect either in the store or in the parking lot killing the assailant in a hail of bullets. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene.
In previous weeks multiple shootings have occurred in Metairie, potentially adding to the vigilance of the citizens who responded. A shooting around Christmas left two men dead and two weeks before that another shooting left two injured and two men dead.
According to Fox News,
“Authorities said the shooter killed two victims at a gun store and range before armed bystanders intervened”
Multiple deaths in shooting at Metairie gun range—full release below pic.twitter.com/s57wvrEPjZ
— JP Sheriff's Office (@JeffParishSO) February 20, 2021
“Arriving deputies located several victims suffering from gunshot wounds,” the sheriff said in a statement. “Three individuals were pronounced dead on the scene, and two more were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The two transported victims are in stable condition.”
It is unknown at this time if those opening fire on the assailant were employees of the store, customers or both according to the sheriff’s office.
“We are trying to put it all together and piece it together from what we have in this developing scene,” Lopinto said Saturday at a press briefing shortly after.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is sending special agents to assist the local authorities with their investigation into the complex multiple-shooter incident. Tragically two victims were killed before the responding citizens could end the chaos, but this appears to be another example of a well armed citizenry being essential for the defense of innocent lives.
This is a developing story, expect further updates on Patriot United News as the situation develops and further information is obtained. It is unknown at this time if the responding citizens have been detained, arrested or charged.
Here at the scene of where JPSO says multiple shootings just took place here at the Jefferson Gun Outlet. At least one dead. We are working to find out details on the situation. Watch @wdsu at 5P. pic.twitter.com/jkLpj55pee
— Shay O'Connor (@SOCONNORNEWS) February 20, 2021