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Three people were shot dead Saturday afternoon at a gun store and firing range in Metairie, and two others were wounded.
Dozens of police officers from multiple jurisdictions converged on Jefferson Gun Outlet, 6719 Airline Drive, at about 3:30 p.m. Patrol cars and ambulances lined the highway.
“It appears a suspect shot two victims inside the location, then was engaged and shot outside the location by multiple other individuals,” said Capt. Jason Rivarde, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman. “The suspect is one of the deceased on scene.”
The wounded victims were taken in stable condition to a hospital, Rivarde said.
Two shields, typically used to block the view of bodies, were set up in the parking lot. A person’s motionless hand was visible at the edge, and a pistol with an extended magazine lay nearby on the ground. In a folding chair about 15 feet away sat a woman crying, “Josh, this is Momma. I love you.”
A customer who was inside the building at the time of the shooting, and two people who arrived later and identified themselves as relatives of the victims, said the shooting started when two adult brothers arrived at the business. Something happened near the front door, attracting other patrons. One brother was shot dead, the other was taken away in an ambulance and other people were wounded, said these people, who refused to give their names.
The customer, who had been upstairs in a concealed-carry class, questioned the wisdom of starting a gunfight at a gun store. “Everybody’s strapped in there,” he said.
Jefferson Gun Outlet’s website bills the business as “the premier firearms outlet for the Greater New Orleans Area.” It has a 14-lane, 25-yard indoor firing range.
This story is developing.
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