We covered the story of the man who opened fire, and killing two people and wounding two more at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, Louisiana last week. Police have released surveillance footage of the incident to the media. Meanwhile, the family of the instigator claims he was “helping” and that store employees and bystanders “murdered” him.
First off, the video. It is safe for work.
Joshua Williams, 27, was apparently upset over a request to follow store policy and unload a gun before handling it. Instead of complying, or keeping his hands off his gun, the video shows him drawing and popping off a shot out the front door.
Then he came back into the building and opened fire. Pretty soon though, lots and lots of people were returning the favor in self defense, both staff and customers.
Mr. Williams didn’t survive his wounds. Unfortunately, neither did two innocents who were in the store, a female customer there to pick up a gun and a male employee who also shot Mr. Williams before succumbing to his wounds.
Amazingly, the gunman’s mother claimed her son “did not go into that gun range shooting.”
From Law Enforcement Today:
After news of the fatally shootout spread, Williams’ family was quick to say the New Orleans man was not at fault over the weekend. A woman who claimed to be Williams’ mother wrote in a social media post:
“He was MURDERED.”
Michael Mayer, an executive at Jefferson Gun Outlet, said that Williams attacked the business. He said in a statement:
“He walked in our store and was asked by our compliance officer to unload his firearm before entering. He became agitated by the request and pulled his gun out of his pants and started firing.”
“Our armed and trained employees as well as some armed, permitted customers, returned fire and eliminated the threat. One customer as well as one employee perished in the gun battle. Joshua Williams, the gunman, is also dead.”
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has more.
The video tells a very different story than what the killer’s mother posted on Facebook. The bottom line is there are no safe spaces. And while gun shops, like police stations, remain some of the safest places in the nation, they are not immune from violence.
This situation proves once more that the only thing that stops a bad person with evil in their hearts is a good guy or two (or a lot of good guys and gals) with gun(s).