May 18, 2011 5:50 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
PIERRE PART, La. (AP) - A man shot and killed himself outside a south Louisiana seafood restaurant just minutes after killing his
ex-girlfriend and getting into a shootout with a patron,
authorities said Tuesday.
Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the shooting
began about 10:30 a.m. at Landry's Seafood Restaurant, where the
woman worked, in the unincorporated community of Pierre Part, about
50 miles west of New Orleans. Waguespack said Paul French, 51, shot
and killed his ex-girlfriend, Michelle Borer, 42, after he walked
into the restaurant and they began arguing.
"She appeared to have been shot multiple times," the sheriff
A patron, who was armed and had a concealed gun permit, pulled
out a handgun and began shooting at French, the sheriff said. The
two exchanged gunfire before both went outside where French shot
himself in the head. Waguespack said. He added that the patron was
wounded by a shot to the abdomen.
Waguespack said both weapons were semi-automatic handguns but
investigators were not releasing further details at this time.
French's body was found in a yard beside the restaurant and
Borer at the back door. Both were pronounced dead at the scene and
the bodies were sent to a coroner's office for autopsies.
The wounded patron was hospitalized in stable condition and
"his injuries are not life threatening," the sheriff said
Waguespack would not release the wounded man's name, but said he
acted to protect others and there were no plans to book the armed
man who intervened.
"What he did was in the defense of others," he said.
The sheriff said there were a few employees in the building and
the armed patron "may have been the first of the day."
No one else was hurt as the employees fled the building and
called for help.
A call to the restaurant later Tuesday went unanswered.
Waguespack said the business closed shortly after the shooting and
he didn't know when it would reopen.
Waguespack said French and Borer had a history of domestic
problems and Borer had an active protective order against French.
The sheriff said French had pleaded guilty to drug possession in
2007 and received a five-year suspended sentence.
Detectives with the sheriff's office were investigating along
with Louisiana State Police. The last homicide in the community was
in 2008, authorities said, when a man beat his mother to death.