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Lakeview woman unloading groceries becomes victim of robbery

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

A woman unloading groceries in front of her Lakeview home became a robbery victim Sunday.

It happened just before 9 p.m. in the 7000 block of General Haig Street. Lakeview neighbor Steven Schoenfeld said he heard gunshots. 

"We heard two very clear gun shots - distinct - and we got up, looked around outside, didn't see any activity and out of concern we called 911," said Schoenfeld.

Minutes later, people were coming out of their houses.

"I noticed some activity up the street with neighbors congregating," Schoenfeld said. "I walked over and they were consoling a young lady who apparently had tried to unload groceries from her trunk and was approached by two men. They grabbed her, grabbed her keys, they jumped into her car, tried to drive off but her husband happened to run out and scare them away, and as they drove off, they fired those two gun shots which we all heard."

According to preliminary police reports, two men approached and demanded the victim's keys, and she handed them over. When her car wouldn't start, police said the suspects got into the silver sedan they drove up in and took off. 

While neighbors said they heard gun shots Sunday night, the NOPD said there's no mention of shots fired in the incident report. Police also tell us they're investigating the crime as a simple robbery with no weapon involved.   

Gino Ascani is a neighbor who founded the group Lakeview Citizen Watch.

"There were five or six neighbors that said they heard shots," Ascani said. "Anytime you deal with a physical act where someone touches another person is, you know - walking around checking unlocked doors is one thing, but actually assaulting a human being trying to get their vehicle could end in way worse than people just running off." 

Schoenfeld said he's looking into getting surveillance cameras.

"I don't know if they were just firing warning shots, but we couldn't find any shell casings in the street. But it was clearly a gun shot and nothing else." said Schoenfeld. "We feel very secure, but you've got to keep your doors locked, look at your surroundings when you're pulling up day or night apparently."

The NOPD said the investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about the case, you're asked to call the NOPD Third District at (504) 658-6030 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. 

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