Three killed in New Orleans gun shop shooting

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Investigators with the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office look at a shell casing in the parking lot of the Jefferson Gun Outlet as investigators work the scene on February 20, 2021 in Metairie, Louisiana.Image source, Getty Images
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Officials say they are still investigating the shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet

Three people have been killed and two injured in a shooting at a gun outlet in the US state of Louisiana.

The local sheriff said an "initial shooter" opened fire, striking two people, which prompted several others at the shop to fire their own weapons.

The two people and the initial gunman were killed. They have not been publicly identified.

Officials said investigations into the shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet, in a New Orleans suburb, were ongoing.

"It appears that several individuals ended up engaging that original suspect," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto told reporters.

"From what I understand I have multiple shooters here at this location that were either customers, employees or individuals here at the location itself," he said.

"We're trying to put it all together, piece it together."

Tyrone Russell was at the store when the shooting happened on Saturday afternoon.

"We heard the gunshots and the screaming," he told the Associated Press news agency. "When the police came, they escorted us out. I could see glass everywhere… It was just like a really scary scene."

The two people injured in the shooting are in a stable condition in hospital, the sheriff's office said.