NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "This stuff doesn't happen here," a witness said.
Just after midnight in the 900 block of Picheloup Place in the City Park neighborhood, a woman, who FOX 8 will not identify, said she heard a scream that immediately caught her attention.
"It wasn't like a funny scream. It was a bloodcurdling, my-life-is-in-danger, scream," the witness said.
She peered out of her window and saw a gunman robbing her 34-year-old neighbor.
"It was pure fear. My stomach was in knots, and I was afraid to be in my own house at that point," the witness said.
Police say the victim as walking into her house, when a man with a gun ran up and put the gun to her head.
"He aimed. He asked her for her purse and then he took her keys," the witness said.
The victim stood nearby while the gunman tried to steal her car, but he couldn't drive a standard. The witness said that's when the victim had to make a split-second decision.
"So, this person was still here. She did what I would have done - she hid from him. I mean, he could have come back and gone into her house," the witness said.
The neighbor called 911 and said police arrived quickly, but the gunman got away with the victim's purse.
"This definitely puts fear in our neighborhood. There's a lot of kids around here. I mean, what are we supposed to do now?" the witness said.
Neighbors are upset, and at the same time, fed up with the crime across the city.
"I'm just sick and tired of the crime," one resident said.
Neighbors also pointed out a broken street light. They said if it were working, it may have been a deterrent for the gunman.
"It's been broken since May, and the city still has not fixed it. It would have illuminated the whole area where this happened," the witness said.
The people who live along Picheloup Place vow to stick together, but they admit that what happened has already changed them.
"I can't imagine what was going through her mind, but she [at one time] felt safe. We did, but we don't' anymore," the witness said.
Police are still searching for a suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.