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Surveillance footage shows gunman, 27, entering Louisiana gun store before mass shooting

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Three people including alleged shooter Joshua Jamal Williams were killed during the shooting

Three people including alleged shooter Joshua Jamal Williams were killed during the shooting 

Chilling footage has been released by police in Louisiana that shows how a 27-year-old New Orleans man opened fire several times inside a Louisiana gun store Saturday afternoon before being shot dead himself.

Joshua Jamal Williams was captured on surveillance footage walking into Jefferson Gun Outlet – a store and indoor shooting range – in Metairie on Saturday. 

Upon walking inside the shop he was asked to unload his weapon, a pistol with an extended magazine unholstered.

Instead, Williams fired off a warning shot and then fatally shot 47-year-old store clerk Noah Fischbach.

Williams than ran back outside for around eight seconds before re-entering the shop where he engaged in a firefight with several armed patrons inside the gun outlet. 

Surveillance footage has been released that shows the sequence of events that led up to the shootings and the deaths of the store owner and a customer

Surveillance footage has been released that shows the sequence of events that led up to the shootings and the deaths of the store owner and a customer

Surveillance footage has been released that shows the sequence of events that led up to the shootings and the deaths of the store owner and a customer

Joshua Jamal Williams, 27, walked into Jefferson Gun Outlet carrying a pistol with an extended magazine unholstered on Saturday

Joshua Jamal Williams, 27, walked into Jefferson Gun Outlet carrying a pistol with an extended magazine unholstered on Saturday

Joshua Jamal Williams, 27, walked into Jefferson Gun Outlet carrying a pistol with an extended magazine unholstered on Saturday

Williams fired off a warning shot before fatally striking the shop owner and customer inside

Williams fired off a warning shot before fatally striking the shop owner and customer inside

Williams fired off a warning shot before fatally striking the shop owner and customer inside

After the initial shooting, Williams ran to the back of the store and ran down a corridor in the search for more victims

After the initial shooting, Williams ran to the back of the store and ran down a corridor in the search for more victims

After the initial shooting, Williams ran to the back of the store and ran down a corridor in the search for more victims 

Williams had his pistol drawn as he darted throughout the rear of the store in the hunt for more people to shoot

Williams had his pistol drawn as he darted throughout the rear of the store in the hunt for more people to shoot

Williams had his pistol drawn as he darted throughout the rear of the store in the hunt for more people to shoot

Although Williams managed to fire off several more rounds which resulted in the killing of 59-year-old Veronica Billiot, he was also struck himself and died in the melee.

Williams died in the parking lot as he was attempting to flee the scene, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. 

Billiot, meanwhile, was shot dead near the store’s glass front door, which was shattered.   

During a press conference on Monday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto attempted to make sense of what had happened.   

‘I don’t know why. There are certain crimes that happen in a career and this is one for me. There is no reason. It should never have come to this event. I don’t know what was going through Joshua Williams’ mind.’

During a press conference on Monday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto, pictured, attempted to make sense of what had happened

During a press conference on Monday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto, pictured, attempted to make sense of what had happened

During a press conference on Monday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto, pictured, attempted to make sense of what had happened

The Jefferson Parish police proviced a full account as to what happened during the shooting

The Jefferson Parish police proviced a full account as to what happened during the shooting

The Jefferson Parish police proviced a full account as to what happened during the shooting

A female victim of Saturday's shooting in Metairie was shot dead in the doorway of Jefferson Gun Outlet

A female victim of Saturday's shooting in Metairie was shot dead in the doorway of Jefferson Gun Outlet

A female victim of Saturday’s shooting in Metairie was shot dead in the doorway of Jefferson Gun Outlet

Store clerk Noah Fischbach (above), 47, was also shot dead. He was killed by Williams moments after the argument over his unholstered weapon began

Store clerk Noah Fischbach (above), 47, was also shot dead. He was killed by Williams moments after the argument over his unholstered weapon began

Store clerk Noah Fischbach (above), 47, was also shot dead. He was killed by Williams moments after the argument over his unholstered weapon began

59-year-old Veronica Billiot was shot dead near the store’s glass front door, which was shattered

59-year-old Veronica Billiot was shot dead near the store’s glass front door, which was shattered

59-year-old Veronica Billiot was shot dead near the store’s glass front door, which was shattered

The suspect died in the parking lot as he was attempting to flee the scene, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said

The suspect died in the parking lot as he was attempting to flee the scene, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said

The suspect died in the parking lot as he was attempting to flee the scene, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said

Two others were also injured the hail of gunfire, one of whom was Williams’ brother.

His brother and the other victim were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Speaking to NOLA.com, a relative of Williams’ questioned the police’s account of what happened in the moments before the shooting.

The relative, who wished to remain anonymous, said they doubted Williams, who had, according to them, gone to the gun store for target practice while spending time with his brother, would show up looking for a gun fight.

They said the Jefferson Gun Outlet is a well-known hangout for off-duty law enforcement and ex-military personnel.

‘That would be a death sentence,’ the relative said.

A woman who identified herself as Williams’ mother similarly wrote to Facebook: ‘My son did not go into that gun range shooting!’, according to NOLA.

‘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!’

A man cries out 'Where is my son?' at the scene of a multiple fatality shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie

A man cries out 'Where is my son?' at the scene of a multiple fatality shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie

A man cries out ‘Where is my son?’ at the scene of a multiple fatality shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie

Witnesses told FOX8 they felt thankful to walk away from the shooting alive, describing the incident inside the store as being like ‘a war’

Witnesses told FOX8 they felt thankful to walk away from the shooting alive, describing the incident inside the store as being like ‘a war’

Witnesses told FOX8 they felt thankful to walk away from the shooting alive, describing the incident inside the store as being like ‘a war’

A gun matching the description of one Williams was carrying is seen next to the curtains in front of a dead body

A gun matching the description of one Williams was carrying is seen next to the curtains in front of a dead body

A gun matching the description of one Williams was carrying is seen next to the curtains in front of a dead body

Fischbach has been identified as a married father, with his social media profile describing him as a as a special effects technician and armorer for film and television productions.

‘Noah Fischbach was my favorite person in this store,’ wrote Heather Devall wrote in a tribute on Facebook. ‘He made my knowledge of firearms and cartridges much better but constant conversations in our interactions buying what we have from him.  

He will never know the impact he made on our lives and while we didn’t make it in often anymore. We will definitely miss him.’

During an earlier press conference from the scene on Sunday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said: ‘We had one initial shooter here at the scene who hit two victims inside the location, both of them have been identified as deceased at this location.

‘It appears that several individuals ended up engaging that suspect, whether inside or out here in the parking lot.’

Two separate ‘shields’ had been set up in the parking lot, which are typically used to block bodies from view.

A woman sat in a folding chair around 15-feet away from the store was seen crying and calling out, ‘Josh this is Momma. I love you.’

Another man was pictured crying out ‘Where is my son?’ at the scene of the shooting.

Two separate ‘shields’ had been set up in the parking lot, which are typically used to block bodies from view

Two separate ‘shields’ had been set up in the parking lot, which are typically used to block bodies from view

Two separate ‘shields’ had been set up in the parking lot, which are typically used to block bodies from view

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Chaplain comforts two women by a Taco Bell drive thru window next door to the scene of a multiple fatality shooting

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Chaplain comforts two women by a Taco Bell drive thru window next door to the scene of a multiple fatality shooting

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Chaplain comforts two women by a Taco Bell drive thru window next door to the scene of a multiple fatality shooting

Witnesses told FOX8 they felt thankful to walk away from the shooting alive, describing the incident inside the store as being like ‘a war’.

‘It was a lot it was a lot like you could tell it was a gunfight. It was a gunfight, that’s all I knew,’ Wanetta Joseph said.

‘The whole ground was moving. It felt like they were going to shoot through the wall, you could smell the gunsmoke, that’s how crazy it was. We felt like we were in a war.’

Joseph said she was in an upstairs classroom for a conceal carry class when the shooting started.

She laid on the floor as the gunshots volley out beneath them.

‘It was over we thought we were over like we thought we didn’t know if there were multiple gunmen we didn’t know if the gunman was down we had no idea what was going on.’

People console one another across the street from the Jefferson Gun Outlet as investigators with the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Department work the scene

People console one another across the street from the Jefferson Gun Outlet as investigators with the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Department work the scene

People console one another across the street from the Jefferson Gun Outlet as investigators with the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Department work the scene

According to its website, the Jefferson Gun Outlet is 'the premier firearms outlet for the Greater New Orleans Area' and offers 'FULL AUTO Machine Gun Experiences' at its indoor 25-yard firing range with 14 lanes

According to its website, the Jefferson Gun Outlet is 'the premier firearms outlet for the Greater New Orleans Area' and offers 'FULL AUTO Machine Gun Experiences' at its indoor 25-yard firing range with 14 lanes

According to its website, the Jefferson Gun Outlet is ‘the premier firearms outlet for the Greater New Orleans Area’ and offers ‘FULL AUTO Machine Gun Experiences’ at its indoor 25-yard firing range with 14 lanes

According to its website, the Jefferson Gun Outlet is ‘the premier firearms outlet for the Greater New Orleans Area’ and offers ‘FULL AUTO Machine Gun Experiences’ at its indoor 25-yard firing range with 14 lanes.

Guns and ammunition are sold in the front of the outlet that faces a main thoroughfare through Jefferson Parish. Customers who want to frequent the gun range generally go around to the side entrance of the building. Staff who work there often wear a sidearm.

The shootout comes just months after a deadly Christmas Eve shooting left two men dead in Metairie, Fox News reported.

During that encounter, cops responded to reports of possible gunfire and found the victims dead in a car outside an apartment building, according to the outlet.

Four men were shot, killing two of them, in Metaire two weeks before the Christmas Eve incident.

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