Home invasion, shooting take place just days apart in Mid-City

Home invasion, shooting take place just days apart in Mid-City

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "I was screaming 'help, help,'" said the victim of a Tuesday night home invasion in Mid-City.

The woman, who FOX 8 will not identify, said it was around 10 p.m. when four men wearing hoodies busted through the front door of her S. Hennessey Street home.

"I jumped and the guy said, 'give me your money,'" the victim said.

She said the gunman continued to ask her for money, but she refused and began fighting back.

"I tried to bite him and my glasses fell off. I grabbed him. He had my face pushed into the bed, and he started beating me over the head with the butt of the gun," she said.

The gunmen eventually found her money and escaped with about $2,400. The victim was left bleeding and bruised.

NOPD investigators tell FOX 8 they believe the home invasion is a direct result of previous narcotics activity at the house. It's the second time in five days that detectives investigated a violent crime in this neighborhood.

On April 1, a male victim was shot when a group of four men robbed him at gunpoint near S. Hennessey and D'Hemecourt.

"They just wanted whatever I had. I was like, 'I work hard for what I have, but I'm going to give it to you,'" the victim said.

The victim said he had just pulled up to the corner when the gunmen pulled up behind him in a truck. The robbers got out, and one man approached him and demanded his belongings.

"I complied with him and did what he asked. He wanted me to take my shoes off. I took my shoes off," the victim said.

The victim handed over his shoes and money and then made the decision to swat at the gun pointed at his face. After that, he took off running. He only made it about 10 steps before the gunman fired, the bullet hitting him in the back and exiting his abdomen.

"I stayed right here, and I could actually watch the guys rummaging through my car," the victim said.

Now, he's shocked to hear about the home invasion nearby.

"Everybody's scared to open their doors and come outside," the victim said.

He believes now is the time for neighbors to stick together.

"Sometimes, the criminal, if they hear something, they're ready to run. We've got to take some responsibilities ourselves and come outside when we hear something," the victim said.

Police are investigating, but so far, there are no suspects in either of the cases.

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