Sheriff: Bar patrons overpower gunman as SWAT team assembles

Credit: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

METAIRIE, La. – A 52-year-old man armed with an AK-47 and other semi-automatic weapons fired several shots inside of a Metairie bar early Saturday morning before being overpowered and subdued by several of the people he was holding hostage inside.

The incident occurred in the early morning hours at the Turtle Lounge, located in the 8000 block of Karen Street in Metairie.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Edward Schlumbrecht of Metairie walked into the lounge armed with an AK-47 assault weapon, a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun and a .38 caliber derringer.

A spokesman said that once inside, Schlumbrecht fired several shots from the weapons. No one was injured, but when police arrived to set up a perimeter, they saw that several of the customers of the bar had made it outside. They told officers that the gunman was holding several hostages.

The sheriff’s office spokesman said that as officers talked to Schlumbrecht, he threatened to “kill everybody.”

A SWAT team was activated and when they arrived, a patron rushed outside saying that “they got him.”

Deputies found out that at some point one of the hostages jumped on Schlumbrecht and got the AK-47 from him and then others joined in to disarm and subdue him. There were 18 people inside of the bar being held by Schlumbrecht.

The gunman was charged with 18 counts of attempted murder, 18 counts of false imprisonment, 18 counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of illegal discharge of a weapon and possession of a firearm in an alcohol beverage outlet.

The spokesman said officers found out that the motivation for the incident may have been that the gunman was angry with his neighbor, who was at the bar.

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