Residents fear for safety after woman is robbed, shot in Fontainebleau

Residents fear for safety after woman is robbed, shot in Fontainebleau

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A muggy Tuesday night was interrupted by gunfire in the Fontainebleau neighborhood.

"It sounded like a cap gun," said a neighbor, who did not want to be identified.

The neighbor said he heard a single gunshot outside his house on Fountainebleu Drive near Versailles Boulevard at about 10:45 p.m.

"I was concerned so I said to my wife, 'do you think that was a gunshot?' And it startled her and woke her up," he said.

He said he became even more concerned when he looked outside and saw several police cars arrive to investigate.

Police said a man toting a semi-automatic gun and wearing dark clothes and a blue bandana over his face approached a 32-year-old woman walking in the 6300 block of Fontainebleau. He demanded her purse and then shot her.

Her condition is not known.

"Living in New Orleans for the past three years, I'm very aware that gun violence is a problem in the city and it needs to be addressed," the neighbor said. "There are way too many shootings in the city."

Police are asking for tips in the case. The neighbor said he'll be looking out for his safety.

"I'll be really hesitant to go out at night, which is a nuisance, but in order to feel safer, it's certainly something that I'll do," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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