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Metairie man killed, two juveniles wounded in shooting outside Waffle House

The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. outside a Gonzales Waffle House.

GONZALES, La. — An 18-year-old from Metairie was killed and two juveniles wounded in a shooting outside a Waffle House in Gonzales early Saturday morning.

Police identified the 18-year-old as Willie Bridges, a Metairie resident. The two juveniles are in the hospital. One of them, a juvenile from Laplace, is in critical condition.

There were still bloodstains on the pavement as of Saturday morning.

Bernadette Johnson was making deliveries when she saw the crowd forming outside the restaurant and knew there would be trouble.

“I saw a bunch of people and I thought something not good going to come about that. So, I kept going,” she said. “When I passed back through I saw a guy laying on the ground and I later found out that someone was shot and killed.”

She said there have been large crowds, mostly young people, outside that Waffle House on weekends for the past couple weeks.

She lives nearby with her two sons.

“I think that these young children should put down the guns. I’m trying to raise two young boys and it’s ridiculous,” Johnson said. “My boys ride their bikes around here. That’s too close.”

Police haven’t identified any suspects in the shooting.

Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to call  Detective Rodi at 225-647-9583 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP.

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