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Suspect killed during armed robbery, shootout in New Orleans East: LIVE reports on the Morning Edition

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A 21-year-old man was shot to death during an armed robbery in New Orleans East.

A massive police presence remains Wednesday morning following a shootout at a New Orleans East Dollar General, located in the 10600 block of Chef Menteur Highway. The incident happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

New Orleans police responded to the store after receiving reports of an armed robbery in progress. Officers say they surrounded the store and observed several individuals exiting the rear of the store.

Police say there was an exchange of gunfire outside of the store between the suspects and police. A 21-year-old male suspect was shot in the chest during the exchange, officers say. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 23-year-old man was also taken into custody at the scene.

“Right now, we're still processing a very active scene,” said Superintendent Michael Harrison. “There's surveillance video from the location. There's body-worn video from the officers cameras that we have to process throughout the rest of the morning. As we get those details we'll be more than happy to make that available to you.”

New Orleans SWAT and Louisiana State Police also responded to the scene.

A massive police presence remained on the scene following the incident. Officials searched the scene for a possible third suspect.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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