A Louisiana man is dead following a violent altercation at a gas station in Metairie on Friday, just outside of New Orleans, according to Nola.com.
The incident reportedly occurred at around 4:15 pm in the Jefferson Parishtown. The gas station had been experiencing considerably long lines in the wake of Hurricane Ida and the destruction it brought to the region.
The victim and the shooter, both males, were waiting in line for gas when an argument broke out between them. It is still unknown at this time what the two were fighting over, but it is believed to have been about getting gas and not some other issue.
The conflict continued to escalate until the shooter pulled out a firearm and shot the other man. The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle soon after, leaving behind a large crowd of stunned onlookers. Those onlookers reportedly continued to pump gas while the victim was lying on the ground.
Paramedics later arrived and took the victim to the nearby University Medical Center. Once there, he was officially pronounced dead.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto gave a statement to the local press, admonishing the suspect for shooting someone over something “ridiculous.”
“Unbelievable that people can’t act like adults in this situation,” Lopinto said. “Nobody needed to lose their life over freakin’ gas today. This is absolutely ridiculous… To bring a gun to a gas station and take this type of action is crazy.”
Lopinto could not reveal the identities of or give details about any suspects in the shooting. He did note that the shooter fled the scene with multiple people in his car and was seen by many of the other people in line to get gas, indicating a large number of potential witnesses.
Newsweek reached out to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for an update on this story and was informed that a press conference will provide more details at 11 am CST on Saturday.
Heated exchanges at gas stations in the Jefferson Parish area have been a growing issue in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Lopinto previously issued a statement on Wednesday urging residents to remain calm while waiting for gas after his deputies began responding to more and more calls from local service stations.
“Have some patience,” Lopinto said. “If you can’t handle that, then you don’t need to be here.”
He also revealed that this incident was the second time that a gun had been pulled during a gas station altercation on Friday. He did not go into extensive detail on that matter but did say that there had been an arrest following the earlier incident.