NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police are investigating a shooting in Mid-City that left one man dead. The incident occurred Saturday, just before 2:30 p.m., in the 600 block of South Scott Street.
"It was like the Wild West, 30 shots," said a witness to the shooting.
Neighbors heard a hail of gunfire that spread over the period of about 30 seconds as they say the gun battle unfolded on the usually quiet street.
"I had to hit the ground. I heard about 20 shots. I was like that isn't firecrackers and I eased up and I had to lay back down flat on the ground, heard about 20 shots, 20-30 shots," said a neighbor, who was outside when the violence erupted.
A witness said she saw a gunman firing a pistol behind his back toward the ground where neighbors found the victim dead on a sidewalk.
A witness, who was just feet away from the gunmen, said it seemed like the victim was set up when four men in a car opened fire.
"Three guys were in the car. All I heard was pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, and I'm like right there and I see it," the man said. "I think the guy looked like surprised. Like he had a gun in his waistband and pulled it out and just [shot] like wild shots and by that time I'm sure he had to have been shot already a few times."
The homicide is the most recent in a string of violent crimes in the area that date back October when police investigated a triple murder on Ulloa Street. The NOPD said they investigated another shooting on Ulloa that happened on Thursday. Investigators also worked the first murder of the year a block away from the scene on D'Hemecourt.
Mallory Leblanc, who helped found the Mid City Tulane Banks Neighborhood Association after the shooting in January, said the repeating violence is becoming sickening and now they want city leaders to step up and help eliminate violence in Mid City.
"For me it's unfortunately now my new norm and it's just sad," Leblanc said. "We're trying to do the best we can. We have amazing members we have an amazing community and were all sticking by one another but we need now the cities help. This goes beyond the neighborhood association and us as citizens who live in this area."
If you have any information that could help police with this case, you are asked to call NOPD homicide detective Rayell Johnson at 504-658-5300 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.