Joshua Jamal Williams identified as the shooter who allegedly opened fire at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metarie, Louisiana, according to Nola.com.
Williams died on the scene. Sources identified him as the alleged shooter to the news outlet.
Jefferson Gun Outlet Shooting
Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, Louisiana, was the scene of the mass shooting on Saturday, February 21, 2021.
The gun outlet is located in the 6900 block of Airline Drive. The website of the Jefferson Gun Outlet says, “Jefferson Gun Outlet is the premier firearms outlet for the Greater New Orleans Area.
We specialize in most brands of Firearms, Reloading Supplies, Safety Equipment, Holsters, Accessories, and much much more! Come visit our store at 6719 Airline Dr. in Metairie, LA for all your Firearms needs!”
Joshua Jamal Williams Died
Williams died on the scene of the shooting, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto, who did not identify him by name.
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“At this time, it appears a suspect shot two victims inside the location, then was engaged and shot outside the location by multiple other individuals,” Lopinto said Saturday evening. “The suspect is one of the deceased on the scene.”
Deputies said they found five people with gunshot wounds. Three of those people were pronounced dead at the scene, and two additional victims were injured and transported to a local hospital. The hospitalized victims were in stable condition soon after the shooting.
Williams’ mom defended her son on Facebook, saying he was “murdered” and was not looking for a fight at the gun outlet that day.
“My son did not go into that gun range shooting!” she wrote on Facebook, according to Nola.com.
She added: “Joshua … was fired at by … employees of the gun range and other folks in the gun range! He was murdered! (Rest in peace) my love, you will be forever in my heart!”