Multiple fatalities in shooting near New Orleans airport: local reports

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Authorities in Louisiana are investigating a shooting that may have left multiple people dead, down the road from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, according to local reports.

It happened near a gun shop on the 6900 block of Airline Drive in Metairie, La., just west of New Orleans, the local station Fox 8 reported.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ New Orleans office said it was sending special agents to assist local deputies with the investigation.

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The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment. Sheriff Joe Lopinto was expected to deliver a news briefing at 5 p.m. local time.

New Orleans Advocate reporter Ramon Vargas wrote on Twitter that he saw two screens used to shield bodies from view set up outside the Jefferson Gun Outlet and a handgun on the ground.

The gunfire comes roughly two months after a Christmas Eve shooting left two men dead in Metairie, according to the sheriff’s office.

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In that case, police responded to reports of possible gunfire and found both victims dead in a car outside an apartment building on Yale Street.

Two weeks before that, another four men were shot in Metairie, two of them fatally.

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