Joshua Jamal Williams Louisiana
Joshua Jamal Williams is identified as the suspect who reportedly opened shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, Louisiana, according to Nola.com. Sources declared him as the alleged shooter to the news outlet, who died at the scene.
According to reports, the shooting took place shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene at 6719 Airline Drive and found three people dead and two injured. The two injured people were taken to a local hospital, where they were listed in stable condition.
How old was Joshua Jamal Williams?
Joshua Jamal Williams was 27 years old at the time of death.
Joshua Jamal Williams Metairie, Louisiana
In the moments that led up to the shooting, Lopinto said, Williams got into the facility with a loaded gun that was unholstered. A Jefferson Gun Outlet employee told him he could not have a loaded gun unholstered outside the gun range, and an argument broke out.
Williams started firing shots, officials said, and then he “was engaged” and shot outside of the facility.
Sources told Nola.com that Williams entered the gun outlet carrying a pistol with an extended clip. Staff told him to unload his weapon, per the store’s policy. Williams fired a warning shot, the sources said, and then he reportedly shot the clerk, who the news outlet identified as 47-year-old Noah Fischbach.
Joshua Jamal Williams Mother
Deanna Theis, a woman identifying herself as a friend of Fischbach shared a photo of him on Facebook.
“This is Noah Fischbach, one of the employees/victims in yesterday’s mass shooting at Jefferson Gun Outlet where I’ve been shooting,” she wrote. “47, father, husband, just celebrated his 14th wedding anniversary. I helped him with his cat a few years ago. He loved his cat. Anytime I saw him we talked about animal rescue and cats. Genuinely good guy. Helpful & knowledgeable in his field. Saw him at the end of December. He said I needed another gun and to come back and see him. Then we talked about kittens. Such a loss…my heart breaks for his family.”
Nola.com described the shooting scene, where a man identifying herself as Williams’ mother was on the scene, crying and talking to her son’s body: ‘Josh, this is Momma. I love you.’
Joshua Jamal Williams Death, Cause of Death
Williams reportedly died on the scene of the shooting, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto.
“At this time, it appears a suspect shot two victims inside the location, then was engaged and shot outside the location by multiple other individuals,” Lopinto said Saturday evening. “The suspect is one of the deceased on the scene.”
Deputies said they found five people with gunshot wounds. Three of those people were pronounced dead at the scene, and two additional victims were injured and transported to a local hospital. The hospitalized victims were in stable condition soon after the shooting.
Williams’ mom defended her son on Facebook, saying he was “murdered” and was not looking for a fight at the gun outlet on the day of the shooting.
Joshua Jamal Williams: Jefferson Gun Outlet
Jefferson Gun Outlet is a location that hosts both a shooting range and gun sales. Customers can rent machine guns at the location. Lopinto described a complicated scene in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, saying he believed there were multiple shooters.
A relative of Williams, who did not identify himself, told Nola.com he does not think Williams went to the gun outlet looking for a fight. He said it did not make sense, because the outlet is often filled with off-duty law enforcement and military veterans.
Williams spent the day with his brother and children before going to the gun outlet, the relative said.