Metairie Shooting: 3 People Dead at Jefferson Gun Outlet, Said Police

Three people, including the gunman, have died in a shooting in Metairie, Louisiana in Jefferson Parish at the Jefferson Gun Outlet, the sheriff said.

Metairie Shooting: 3 People Dead at Jefferson Gun Outlet, Said Police

Three people, including the gunman, have died in a shooting in Metairie, Louisiana in Jefferson Parish at the Jefferson Gun Outlet, the sheriff said.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says the shooting scene, in the 6700 block of Airline Drive, remains active. WGNO reported the shooting occurred near Taco Bell and the Jefferson Gun Outlet at 6719 Airline Drive.

This is a breaking news post and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Here’s what you need to know:


Officials Said A Man Fired Shots After Getting Into an Argument With a Clerk at Jefferson Gun Outlet

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said deputies were dispatched shortly before 3 p.m. to the Jefferson Gun Outlet for a report of a shooting. There, they found “several victims” with gunshot wounds. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, and two additional victims were injured and transported to a local hospital. The hospitalized victims are in stable condition.

Lopinto said the suspect is one of the people who died.

“At this time, it appears a suspect shot two victims inside the location, then was engaged and shot outside the location by multiple other individuals,” Lopinto said. “The suspect is one of the deceased on the scene.”

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JSPO) told WDSU that a man entered the Jefferson Gun Outlet with a loaded gun that was not holstered. He got into an argument with a clerk, who said he could not have a loaded gun until he was within the range. At least two customers on the range confronted the man, and shots were fired, police said. The man was shot and fired back at the two customers, who were also injured.


Twitter Users Responded With Shock to the Shooting Near the Jefferson Gun Outlet

Twitter users were shocked at the shooting and reacted with dismay at the news.

“Shocked. Utterly shocked,” one person wrote on Twitter in response to the shooting.

Another person wrote that they used to live in the area.

“There’s been a mass shooting at a gun rage in Metairie, near where I used to live,” she wrote. “Multiple deaths reported. Holys***.”

Reporter Shay O’Connor shared a video from the scene.

“Here at the scene of where JPSO says multiple shootings just took place here at the Jefferson Gun Outlet. At least one dead,” she wrote on Twitter. “We are working to find out details on the situation. Watch @wdsu at 5P.”

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office told WDSU that some “innocent bystanders” had been shot. There was no immediate word on their conditions.

Lopinto told WWLTV:

This is a developing scene. I will be brief on what I can give you at the time. We had one initial shooter at the scene, who hit two victims inside the location. Both of them have been pronounced deceased here at this location.

It appears several individuals engaged the original suspect, whether inside the location or out here in the parking lot. We have a total of three deceased including the two that were inside. Out here on the scene itself, we have two additional that were hit by gunfire and were transported to University Hospital where I am told they are in stable condition at this point in time.

From what I understand I have multiple shooters at this location that were either customers, employees or individuals here at the location itself and we are trying to put it all together and piece it together from what we have in this developing scene.