NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police investigate eight armed robberies and four carjackings Saturday into Sunday, making for a very violent weekend. One convenience store was held up twice overnight.
4 a.m. Sunday morning, a gunshot shatters the front door of the Brothers Food Mart convenience store on St. Claude Avenue.
The cashier opened fire, after a man in a white T-shirt rushed in, trying to get money from the register.
Manager Tony Kambat explains, "He did whatever for self-defense, you know."
Kambat goes on to say, "He said he heard one shot outside, our employee, then when he came back then for self-defense he just fired one shot."
Less than two hours before the shooting, the same cashier was held up at gunpoint. The gunman made off with $500 to $800 dollars.
"He was like same guy but different T-shirt and everything," Kambat said.
That's right, employees say the same man robbed the store in the Holy Cross neighborhood, twice in two hours.
"It makes us feel a bit nervous about this area," Kambat commented.
According to police, eight different armed robberies and four carjackings happened overnight.
Resident Roger Arnold says, "That's bad and makes me feel very uncomfortable."
On St. Phillip Street, a group of four handed over cash after being held up by five men. On Freret Street, four women, held up at gunpoint, had to give up their car to two armed assailants.
In Mid-City, on Banks Street, a couple was robbed while sitting on their patio.
Neighbor Bahareh Javadi says, "Finn McCool's is right across the street. There are always people going by, I mean, you feel like your porch is part of your living room. It's totally out of control."
Back at Brother's, the manager says surveillance cameras aren't helping to deter crime. Now, he's urging the owner to make some security changes, to prevent a robberies like these two, from happening again.
In another crime reported overnight, a Gentilly man told police two people broke into his home, beat him and tried to hold him hostage. He was able to escape and the would-be robbers fled.