One Person Dead after Christmas Eve Mall Shooting in Louisiana


The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said a person has died after a shooting at the Oakwood Center mall in Gretna, Louisiana.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said one person is in custody possibly connected to the shooting. He said the mall staff recognized the gunman and the victim as regulars at the mall.
Normand said the victim had just finished purchasing an item in Foot Locker when three shots were fired.
The cause of the shooting is under investigation, and deputies are still interviewing witnesses.
Witnesses told a reporter that the shooting happened near the food court. The mall was immediately shut down and shoppers were asked to leave.

“The only thing that we know is that the victim had just finished a transaction at the cash register and had turned away from the cash register and was walking away when the perpetrator walked up to within three to four feet of him and we believe at this time I think three shots fired,” Normand said.

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