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Suspect sought in deadly shooting at gas line after Ida

September 4, 2021 GMT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities searched Friday for a man who shot another man to death as they both waited to fill up at a gas station in suburban New Orleans.

The shooter fled the Chevron station in Metairie and remained at large, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto urged that person to surrender, saying deputies had numerous witnesses and a picture of the getaway car, news outlets reported. Authorities said a description of the shooter has not been released, but detectives confirmed they have surveillance footage of the person being sought.

“I’m telling them right now, turn themselves in. We’re going to be able to find who you are, come turn yourself in right now. Because this is absolutely ridiculous,” a frustrated Lopinto said.

“Nobody needed to lose their life over freaking gas today,” he said.

The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. during an argument after the shooter and the other motorist had endured a long line at the service station. Paramedics transferred the victim to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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The victim’s name has not been released.

“To bring a gun to a gas station and take this type of action is crazy,” the sheriff said.

Lopinto said it was the second time Friday his office received a report of a gun being pulled at a gas station. He said the incidents have likely been occurring because of tempers flaring over gas shortages and other circumstances arising from the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

“Unbelievable that people can’t act like adults in this situation,” he said.

The sheriff said people need to be patient because many gas stations don’t have the resources to meet demand. He said people should be prepared to wait in long lines and in the heat until the situation improves.