Watch: ‘Act like adults,’ said Sheriff Lopinto in response to homicide at gas station in Metairie


METAIRIE, LA. (WGNO)— On Friday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating a deadly shooting that happened at a gas station.

Due to the high demand for fuel in the area following Hurricane Ida, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto says he suspects the shooting may have been caused by someone cutting in line.

On Saturday, JPSO held a news conference at 11:00 a.m. to discuss and update the community on Friday’s homicide in the 2300 block of Clearview Parkway.

In the conference, Sheriff Lopinto told the community to “Act like adults.”

He said residents must be patient.

JPSO has seen an increase in stress-related calls for service but arrests have been less what they are on a regular day in Jefferson Parish.

10 arrests were made in total from Friday night according to Lopinto.

He added gasoline will be the biggest challenge over the next week for the community.

“Know that when you are burning your gasoline and taking unnecessary trips you are contributing to the overall problem.”

He also said, “if you have to come back home, I get it, but if you can extend your vacation do it.”

JPSO needs this time to catch up before an influx of people comes back home.

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