It happened near a gun shop and shooting range on the 6700 block of Airline Drive in Metairie, La., just west of New Orleans, and armed bystanders helped subdue the gunman, according to authorities. Multiple people then opened fire on the suspect either in the store or the parking lot, killing the suspect, Lopinto said.
"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. "The suspect is one of the deceased on the scene", police said.
This argument reportedly led to shots being fired as well as the ensuing casualties.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto was expected to deliver a news briefing at 5 p.m. local time. "The two transported victims are in stable condition", read the official statement.
A man cries out "Where is my son?" at the scene of a multiple fatality shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La., on February 20, 2021. Customers who want to frequent the gun range generally go around to the side entrance of the building.
Bystanders gather at the scene of a multiple fatality shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La., Saturday. Staff who work there often wear a sidearm.
None of the dead or wounded were immediately identified and details remained sketchy. Lopinto said that the investigation was continuing as authorities sought to determine exactly what occurred.
Caution tape surrounded the business to keep onlookers from away from the crime scene where ambulances and numerous law enforcement vehicles had arrived earlier. A neighbouring Taco Bell eatery had been evacuated.