Bystanders react at the scene of a multiple fatality shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. A suspect fatally shot two people at a gun store in a suburb of New Orleans on Saturday afternoon, and the shooter also died during gunfire as others engaged the suspect both inside and outside the outlet, authorities said. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

By Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press

A person entered a gun store and shooting range in a New Orleans suburb and fatally shot two people Saturday, prompting customers and staff to open fire on the shooter, a sheriff said. The shooter also died.

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

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

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: ATF investigators look at evidence at the scene of a multiple fatality shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. A person went into a gun store and shooting range in a New Orleans suburb and fatally shot two people Saturday, causing customers and staff to open fire on the shooter, said a sheriff. The shooter also died..(AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Guns and ammunition are sold in 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 entrance of the building. Staff who work there often wear a sidearm.

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

“We’re trying to put it all together,” the sheriff said during a short briefing with journalists.

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

Tyrone Russell and Wanetta Joseph were both in a conceal-and-carry course at the store when they heard what they both described as rapid firing. They said the gunfire sounded much louder than the usual muffled shooting that they are used to hearing inside the shooting range.

“We heard the gunshots and the screaming,” said Russell. “When the police came, they escorted us out. I could see glass everywhere … It was just like a really scary scene.”

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

Russell said that when he was led out, he could see a guy “laid out” in the parking lot not far from his car, which was struck by bullets. He described seeing shattered glass, bullet casings strewn about the store.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies investigate a shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. A suspect fatally shot two people at a gun store in a suburb of New Orleans on Saturday afternoon, and the shooter also died during gunfire as others engaged the suspect both inside and outside the outlet, authorities said. (Sophia Germer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP)

Caution tape surrounded the business to keep onlookers from getting close to the scene, where ambulances and numerous law enforcement vehicles had converged. A neighboring Taco Bell eatery had been evacuated.

Authorities remained at the scene as night fell.

Metairie is a major suburb of New Orleans, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) west of the city’s iconic French Quarter, in the neighboring jurisdiction of Jefferson Parish.

57 COMMENTS

    • I hate that anyone innocent got hurt, but I’m so glad that fucking asshole got smoked. As you say, what a fucking idiot.

  1. Local report said the perp got “upset” when an employee told the perp he would have to use another entrance for the range.
    Sounds like a real thinned skinned pos who probably was a “delight” to be around. You do not need a Red Flag Law that can and will be abused by people just about as sick as the perp. Perps like him just did not out of the blue blow a gasket. The writing was probably on the wall for a while. Odds are people who should have took action did not.
    Rest assured come Monday every gun store in America will be on a higher alert. So like I said in a previous post…When entering a gun store, “Show Some Hands.”

  2. Bet yer a** MSM got people workin through the weekend on spinning this story!! Here we go, Slojoe’s script has already been written!

    • Well if they weren’t white supremacist gun nuts they wouldn’t have been there to get shot at in the first place. No need to call the defunded police when you’re sitting at home paying off some of your back rent with your COVID money.

        • Good point. I’d suggest using the COVID money to buy big screen TVs but we all got free big screen TVs just before we burned down the Target, so…

        • Back rent will need to be paid, or evictions will happen. That they aren’t being allowed now doesn’t mean they won’t be allowed later.
          “Make no payments for 12 months!” doesn’t mean you won’t need to make those payments later, and the interest continues to accrue.

        • There are plenty of people who will take the risk, just like there are plenty of people who are shocked when after that 12 months they get charged the interest about equal to the purchase.

        • Yes, you’d think they’d let ‘white supremacist’ run it’s course until it has no more meaning than ‘racist’ before stepping up to ‘domestic terrorist’, but the left is a very impatient bunch.

  3. The second incident of a kind so far this year.

    A few weeks ago a deranged man tried to steal a pistol from a concealed carry classroom here in Las Vegas, then attacked one of the responding officers with a screwdriver before being shot dead in the parking lot at least 15 times.

    Hope this isn’t a trend, but if MSM tries to make it into an anti-self defense issue I think the fact that such things CAN happen even in gun shops and even in Concealed Carry classrooms tends to defeat their narrative.

    Pretty sure everyone in those classes did not say F-this and walk out. The most common question was probably, “How long did you say before my permission slip arrives in the mail?”

  4. “One instructor stayed with the students while two others left the room and headed toward the sound of gunfire.”

    Selfless and heroic.

  5. Seems to be a tough neighborhood.

    From a FoxNews article:
    “The gunfire came roughly two months after a Christmas Eve shooting left two men dead in Metairie, according to the sheriff’s office.
    In that case, police responded to reports of possible gunfire and found both victims dead in a car outside an apartment building on Yale Street.
    Two weeks before that, another four men were shot in Metairie, two of them fatally.”
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/louisiana-shooting-spree-leaves-3-dead-armed-citizens-credited-with-saving-lives

  6. Forget suicide by cop,
    Now it looks like it’s gonna be (for the sicko’s & anti gunners) suicide by gun store’s,
    Another attack on the 2A by losers.

    • I’d say that’s about as pro 2A as it gets aside from the store and home owners who decided to flip the bird to “brandishing” laws during 2020’s summer of love… take the fight to the gun, you are going to die – by the gun.

  7. “Why pay off back rent when evictions are not allowed?”

    I’m waiting for the IRS to wake up and declare that during an eviction waiver, unpaid rent/mortgage amounts are taxable, in the year not paid, to the person not paying. This would hit both sides.

    • Hmm, I bet they’ll eventually consider it to be income for the beneficiary. Gotta raise taxes to pay for the stimulus, and they tax everything else. In my state, I get a .75% discount if I pay my monthly collected sales tax early. It doesn’t amount to a lot, but the snakes tell me I have to add it to my taxable business income instead of simply being a reduction in sales tax due. They’re gonna get really creative in a big way if the new covid stimulus passes, plus any of the green bad deal.

    • Why almost?….. I would say he’s much dumber…I can assure you, more people at gun ranges are FAR FAR more proficient with firearms than a SJW station….

      • Apparently you hate cops. Next time you need help, try calling an ANTIFA scum or a BLM thief and murderer. The whole black lives matter movement was started by Obummer, Holder, and the fat rat Sharpton and their lies. A felon attacks a police officer, gets killed when the officer defends himself and then gets blamed for defending himself. Then the silly dipshits burn their own town to punish the white supremacist. That makes as much sense as cutting your penis off because some other guy raped your ho. Get out of the freaking jungle dip.

    • I have been to this establishment many times to purchase and practice. ALL of the workers open carry. You have to have a death wish to shoot at anybody in there. Great place with great employees! Prayers for all of them!

  8. Thankfully some employees and customers were able to take care of business.To think that you can go into a local gun store and start to shoot is crazy in itself.Store employes in stores i frequent all have firearms at their sides.And customers all most all the time have firearms at their side when they frequent these stores also.

    • I must confess that going to a gun store/range is about the *least* prepared for a gunfight that I ever am. From years back, I’ve learned that etiquette requires guns cleared and locked open before entering a gun store. To engage this fool I would have had to insert a mag and rack the slide first. Too much of this manner of shit and that will have to change, manners or not.

      • The only time my weapon is unloaded and the slide locked back is when I clean it, and then there is a loaded operable gun lying where my hand will get to it faster than I could draw it from a holster. If etiquette a gun store requires that I unload and lock my weapon open I won’t frequent that store. The stores I frequent all have signs that tell you to leave your weapon in the holster unless needed, and then hit what you shoot at if you have to draw it. If I have a gun to trade I will unload it before entering the establishment, but my carry gun stays loaded and ready.

  9. This is a sad thing. 1st this is something that should not happen to those not looking for it.
    2nd this is the kind of thing the Democratic anti gun turds suck in like air to use as ammunition against the 2nd Amendment when in fact should praise as ordinary people stand up willing to face danger and lay down their lives to stop an idiot when law enforcement was not there and able to confront it. Police can’t be everywhere at the same time. This is case and point that ordinary citizens are able to protect themselves and others. They are the heroes of the day. That nut job perp may have gone on to kill more innocent citizens if they had not stepped up and faced danger. This is what the antigunners should focus on. This person could have been using a knife or a car or any other ordinary instrument to kill. He may have even killed more using a knife quietly.
    Hail the ordinary every day citizens who are the real HEROES.

  10. From the article:

    “One instructor stayed with the students while two others left the room and headed toward the sound of gunfire.”

    Folks, that’s bravery and love for others right there. Never let it be said that there aren’t good men & women with guns who’re willing to put their lives on the line for others.

    “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
    John 15:13

  11. YEAH , COME ON YA ALL , PRAYERS FOR THE VICTIMS , NEVER KNOW THEN CRAZY COMES
    DEATH WISH ? / JUST PLAIN CRAZY , SURE GLAD RANGE AND OTHER PEOPLE WHERE ABLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES . ” CAN’T PROTECT YOURSELF BY RUNNING FROM EVIL ONLY CONFRONT IT , AND FIGHT BACK .
    TRY STAY SAFE AND ALERT . BEST YA ALL CAN .

  12. “Won’t happen. Doesn’t serve the agenda.”

    Thinking it just might.

    – tax forgiveness for “poor” tenants
    – tax credits for “poor” to be able to make payments
    – welfare checks for “poor” to be able to make payments
    – soak the rich: all landlords are “rich”, “privileged”, “oppressors”
    – nationalize all rental properties where average rent is below some politically advantage amount

    Create the problem, then provide the solution; government at its finest.

  13. “Shot dead…..15 times. That be one dead SOB!!!! ”

    It’s not that he was shot dead 15 times, but that he came back alive 14 times !

  14. Okay, not to sound like a broken record because I don’t mind the site change, but total comments on these stories has really gone down.

  15. Turns out to be a black dude with a record
    looking to attack off duty Leo’s that frequented the range.

    The media doesn’t push stories about “mass shooters of color.” You’ll never hear about this story or the perp again. Case closed.

  16. “Make no payments for 12 months!” doesn’t mean you won’t need to make those payments later, and the interest continues to accrue.”

    You say this, faced with a government determined to forgive all student debt, and make college education free? Facing a government that that took over GM, and abrogated debt contracts?

  17. I read in another post the shooter was ask to unload his firearm. He then allegedly became upset and started firing. Then it said other customers and employees returned fire. Why was he ask to unload, and other customers were loaded?? Still a lot of questions to be answered.

  18. “I get a .75% discount if I pay my monthly collected sales tax early. It doesn’t amount to a lot, but the snakes tell me I have to add it to my taxable business income instead of simply being a reduction in sales tax due.”

    Seems like the discount is being treated as a tax refund.

  19. He was asked to remove an extended clip from his weapon when he c hose to fire one off in the ceiling.

    I not sure what his rational behind this was but I was say stupid mistake knowing that all employees are carrying locked and loaded.

    I went to Jefferson Gun range once to attempt to price on a new gun. the sales person basically told me that the price take it or leave it even though 12 miles away I can buy the same weapon 45 dollars cheaper. He had a real attitude about him. Last time I set foot in the place.

    Found better deals at a mom and pop in Destrehan and Interstate Guns in Hammond, LA or Jim’s in Baton Rouge. With way friendly services.
    As far as ranges inside Precision in Baton Rouge and FRC are nice. Out side Nick’s in Garyville if you can stand the mosquitos.

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