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Residents shaken by homicide in Carrollton neighborhood

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NOPD investigators at murder scene in the 8100 Block of Belfast Street. NOPD investigators at murder scene in the 8100 Block of Belfast Street.

New Orleans, La. – Vehicles zipped along South Carrollton Avenue Monday afternoon, not far away from a disturbing crime that unfolded hours earlier.

"At first I thought it was a firecracker, but after the first pop I knew it wasn't, it sounded different.  So yeah, it's scary," said a resident who did not want to be identified.

When police arrived in the 8100 Block of Belfast Street, just off Carrollton, Sunday night they found a man lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. He died on the scene, according to officers, and was later identified by the Coroner's Office as 27-year-old Ryan Williams.

"We were in our backyard about 10 o'clock and we heard a series of shots.  Rapid... five shots I heard... there could have been more," said a resident.

She said it was an awful sight to see the man laying dead on the ground.  "It doesn't make me feel good at all," she said.

Several other people in the area said the crime was a surprise. They said it is normally a peaceful area, while some others have a totally different impression.

One man who did not want to be identified said troublemakers are coming from streets closer to the Orleans-Jefferson Parish line.

Last October, a family that had their home broken into while a nanny kept their small children said they would move as a result.

Meanwhile some living near Sunday night's murder scene said they would change their habits.

"Oh, definitely be more cautious coming home at night... just being 'city-aware' is what I call it. You live in a big city you got to be aware," said a resident.

Police have not made any arrests in the killing.  Anyone with information on the crime should call the Crimestoppers hotline at 504-822-1111.

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