Customers Staff Fired Back In Gun Store Shooting And Three Dead

 METAIRIE, La. (AP) — an individual entered a gun store and shooting gallery during a New Orleans suburb and fatally shot two people Saturday, prompting customers and staff to fire on the shooter, a sheriff said. The shooter also died.

The shooting happened around 2:50 p.m. at the Jefferson Gun Outlet within the suburb of Metairie, consistent with a release from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said the shooter initially struck two people inside, then several people — whether employees or store customers — opened fire on the shooter, both inside and out of doors of the building. Outside the building a person might be seen afterward behind yellow police tape yelling “Where is my son?”

Guns and ammunition are sold within the front of the outlet that faces a main thoroughfare through Jefferson Parish. Customers who want to frequent the gun range generally go around to the side door of the building. Staff who work there often wear a sidearm.

Lopinto said two people also were hit by gunfire and were hospitalized in stable condition. He said there have been multiple shooters.

“We’re trying to place it all at once ,” the sheriff said during a brief briefing with journalists.

None of the dead or wounded were immediately identified and details remained unclear.

Tyrone Russell and Wanetta Joseph were both during a conceal-and-carry course at the shop once they heard what they both described as rapid firing. They said the gunfire sounded much louder than the standard muffled shooting that they're wont to hearing inside the shooting gallery .

“We heard the gunshots and therefore the screaming,” said Russell. “When the police came, they escorted us out. I could see glass everywhere … it had been a bit like a very scary scene.”

“It got extremely loud, sort of a bomb almost,” said Joseph, who hid with other students under a table — not knowing if there have been multiple shooters or if one was near the classroom. One instructor stayed with the scholars while two others left the space and headed toward the sound of gunfire.

Russell said that when he was led out, he could see a man “laid out” within the parking zone shortly from his car, which was struck by bullets. He described seeing shattered glass, bullet casings strewn about the shop .

Caution tape surrounded the business to stay onlookers from getting on the brink of the scene, where ambulances and various enforcement vehicles had converged. A neighboring Taco Bell eatery had been evacuated.

Authorities remained at the scene as night fell.

Metairie may be a major suburb of latest Orleans, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) west of the city’s iconic French Quarter, within the neighboring jurisdiction of Jefferson Parish.


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