NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - An Uptown resident walking his dog, was shot Monday morning, after trying to stop someone from breaking into cars. Now, the victim tells us, he's sick of the gun violence in his neighborhood.
Arriving home from the hospital Monday morning after being treated for a gunshot wound, a 53-year-old Uptown resident said he's got some regrets.
"In hindsight, I would've handled it differently, yes," the victim said.
The man, who we're choosing not to identify for his safety, said around 6 a.m. he took his dog for a walk along Soniat near Loyola, and he noticed something unusual.
"Saw somebody trying to break into cars, yelled at them, and said get out of here," the victim said.
He said he followed the person, and about a block away on South Liberty, the man opened fire, hitting him in the leg.
"Luckily it didn't hit my dog, and with me, I should have 100 percent recovery," the victim said.
Two of the bullets struck a nearby home.
"There was some muffled arguing and then a pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," said resident Chris Kirsh, who heard the whole altercation. "My wife hit the floor, screamed to me to call 911, I called 911."
Another neighbor too afraid to go on camera said, "You just hate to see somebody who did the right thing, confronting somebody who is up to no good, getting shot. It's terrible. My baby sleeps maybe 20 feet from where the shooter was."
And just a few blocks away, two schools.
Kirsh said he's thankful he and his wife weren't injured as the search for the gunman continues.
"Neither bullet actually penetrated the sheetrock," Kirsh said. "Nobody died, that's the important thing. Crime in New Orleans has got to improve. Something's got to improve."
The victim tells FOX 8 the gunman was about 6'1 to 6'2, wearing a white hoodie and dark pants. New Orleans police haven't released any more details.