Allen Street murder leaves neighbors shaking their heads

Allen Street murder leaves neighbors shaking their heads

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police spent a busy night investigating two shootings in the Seventh Ward, and neighbors said itsounded like a warzone.

"I couldn't believe it," Tiffany Reed said. "It was like blocka blocka blocka blocka blocka, then pop pop pop pop pop, then blocka blocka blocka blocka blocka. I mean, it was like Iraq and I'm like, wow.  I couldn't believe it."

Shell casings littered the ground on Allen Street, where a 21-year old man died. Reed heard the shots - dozens of them - and looked outside to see a silver sedan had rolled into the back of her daughter's car.

Then she saw the victim down the street.

"Yeah, he was bad off," Reed said. "Multiple, multiple shots."

Neighbors say they no longer feel safe, and they see problems all the time. What they say they don't see often enough are police officers.

"You just need more of a police presence," said a resident who asked not to be identified. "When you don't have a police presence, then people start to think they can do what they want to do."

Reed said she knows the problem isn't confined to her street. She works at Melba's Restaurant and got to work one May afternoon just a half- hour after a deadly shootout in the parking lot. And there are still signs around her home of a 2011 shooting when someone aimed at her son.

He wasn't hit.

"New Orleans!" she said. "It's all a part of living in New Orleans. You never know. It's just ridiculous, I mean, there's just no explanation for all of this crime."

Police hope to find answers to the Allen Street shooting and spent hours at the scene collecting evidence.

Neighbors worry the crime will continue even if officers make an arrest.

"You know, everybody wants to be safe," said the neighbor who asked not to be identified. "That's why I stay in this city, because you know I care about this city, but I want to be safe. I want to be safe."

Just a few minutes before the Allen Street shooting and less than a mile away, police say a woman was shot in the neck. According to the police log, the victim got into an argument with her boyfriend, and he fired shots into her home on Rousselin Drive. A 10-year-old boy was cut on broken glass during the incident. Investigators have not released the condition of either victim.

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