Officials said Monday that in a span of less than two minutes, a gunman, who killed two people, fired all 32 rounds in his possession in a disturbance at a gun shop near New Orleans, as officers in the parking lot Shot him. .
The gunman, Joshua Williams, went to the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Lae’s Metairie to buy ammunition, but when store employees told him he could not bring a loaded gun to the store, he refused to comply And soon, the sheriff started shooting. Joseph P. of Jefferson Parish Lopinto III said at a press conference.
Authorities said there was an intense exchange of bullets between Mr. Williams and seven store employees, two of whom were hospitalized for gunshot wounds and later released. When the shooting ended, investigators recovered about 100 shell casings and 10 guns, three of which belonged to Mr. Williams, according to the sheriff, who released security camera footage of the attack on Monday.
“I believe, without a doubt, he wanted to shoot more people until he ran out of bullets,” Sheriff Lopinto said. “I don’t know what was going through Joshua Williams’ mind.”
The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office identified two people as 59-year-old Veronica Billiott of Belle Chase, La., A customer who was killed by Mr. Williams. Herbert Fishback, 47, Jefferson, La., An employee at the store.
Officials said 27-year-old Mr. Williams, a resident of New Orleans, had permission to carry a concealed firearm, but did not state what type of gun he used in the shooting.
Investigators said Mr Williams, aged 7 and 9, had gone to the store with his brother and two of his brother’s children. He said the brothers were cooperating with the authorities, who were unsure of what prompted the gunman to open fire.
“Originally, he said his brother passed out,” Sheriff Lopinto said.
A woman who made her mark as Mr. Williams’ aunt said in a Facebook post on Monday that Mr. Williams had struggled to control his temper. She Factors contributed to his state of mind, citing his caste and poor upbringing.
“He One was saddened by the control of the situation due to a big-time anger control issue, “wrote Janice Hutchinson, the woman.”He The victim of many social diseases, which killed many young black people, was born in one of the wealthiest countries in the world and raised in poverty. “
Investigators did not reveal Monday whether there was a motive in the race shooting, which they said was when the class was initiated on a carry permit concealed on the second floor of a gun store. The building also has a shooting range.
“Those employees looking for a fight that day didn’t work,” Sheriff Lopinto said. “They risked their lives to ensure that they could protect others.”
Officials said Mr Williams entered the store at around 3pm Saturday and saw ammunition with his brother. Store employees noticed that Mr. Williams had a gun with an extended magazine which, according to the sheriff, said an employee told Mr. Williams that he needed to empty ammunition in his car or leave the gun. was.
Authorities said Mr. Williams angrily began to head toward the exit, but when he reached the door, he held it open with his body and fired a bullet into the air. Then, he aimed his gun at Ms. Billiot, security camera footage shows.
He Ms. Billiot was fired at least twice, with the sheriff saying Ms. Billiot was standing near the counter at the entrance.
Efforts to reach Ms. Billiot’s family on Monday were unsuccessful, but her sister Linda Billiot told the news website Nola.com that Veronica Billiot, a military housing estate manager and mother of three, had gone to the store to pick up a gun, called They looked. Bought for personal safety.
“It’s shocking – I’m not going to process it,” Linda Billiott told the website, leaving no clue to the danger her sister was facing.
Subsequently, Mr. Williams exchanged bullets with the store’s employees, killing one of them in the arm before exiting the store with one of his brother’s children. Officials said Mr. Williams re-entered the business and twice fired his gun at Mr. Fishbeck, who had taken cover and hit him from behind.
In addition to working at the store, Mr. Fishbeck, known as Noah, worked in the film industry with props and special effects, drawing on his knowledge of firearms, his father said in an interview on the day of the shooting.
In security camera footage, the sheriff said, Mr. Williams’ brother can be seen waving for Mr. Williams to leave the store. A later clip shows Mr. Williams walking in a hallway inside the building. Authorities said a third male store employee was shot in the leg by Mr. Williams before the gunman would have been killed in the front parking lot.
“Again,” Sheriff Lopinto said, “I don’t know if I can ever tell you why that happened.”
Sheelagh McNeill contributed to the research.