A masked gunman forced an Algiers couple from their backyard and into their home, but he didn't live long enough to finish the crime.
It happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday on West Homestead Drive off General Meyer.
"In this neighborhood we don't have any streetlights. We haven't had any since Katrina," one neighbor said.
It can be tough to see on West Homestead Drive, but a couple sitting outside a home in the 1800 block suddenly saw a masked man with a gun. Neighbors believe the intruder must have used an empty lot behind a home on East Homestead to get as close as possible and then jumped the fence.
Police said the gunman forced the couple inside the home where three girls, ages 6, 13 and 14, were inside. The wife managed to get away. Neighbor Larry Carter picks up the story from there.
"The lady must have ran straight out the house when the guy came inside, so she ran
down here by us," Carter said. "'Come help me come help me,'" he said, describing the woman's frantic actions. "We all ran down there. By the time we got back down there the police had came."
What happened in those minutes inside the home happened quickly. Neighbors said the woman's husband refused to be a victim.
"He must have had his gun close by. He turned around and opened fire on him before he could shoot him," Carter said. "Her husband was standing in the doorway and said 'I shot him.'"
FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti said the case seems open and shut.
"If he's inside your house, you can blast away," Raspanti said. "If someone crosses the sill, it's open season. So I don't see where they are going to have a problem with this guy's actions."