Shooter in Louisiana store did not want to unload his gun

A shooting that left three people dead and two wounded at a firearms store and shooting range in Louisiana began when a customer refused to unload his gun, a store operator said.

Herbert “Noah” Fischbach, 47, of Jefferson, Veronica Billiot, 59, of Belle Chase, and Joshua Jamal Williams, 27, of New Orleans, were killed in the shooting Saturday at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, the coroner’s medical examiner said. Jefferson district.

Police Chief Joseph Lopinto had said that the assailant initially hit two people inside and then several other people, including employees and clients, opened fire on the gunman, both inside and outside the building.

Lopinto said two other people were also hit by bullets and were hospitalized in stable condition.

Michael Mayer, an executive at the gun store, identified Williams as the assailant.

It said Williams entered the suburban New Orleans store on Saturday with a loaded firearm and was asked to unload it by an employee, The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate reported.

Mayer said Williams “was agitated by the request, and pulled his firearm out of his pants and started shooting.” He added that employees and customers responded to the fire and “eliminated the threat.”