NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Teen carjackers prey upon a young woman while she waited to pick her brother up from school. We spoke with the victim who describes her terrifying experience and explains why something must be done to curb juvenile crime. This, as parish leaders speak out about others recently affected by teen violence.
20-year-old Madison Shumacher is still shaken after being carjacked at gunpoint.
"This is a 14-year-old boy with a gun. It can't be real," said Schumacher.
Schumacher was waiting to pick up her brother from school at Holy Cross in Gentilly. She was early and left her car running with the AC on, while she killed time on her cell phone.
"I looked up, saw them. They looked kind of out of the ordinary but didn't think much of it," recalled Schumacher.
There were two boys in hoodies on the other side of the street. Schumacher went back to her phone and when she looked up again, one of the teens was standing by her driver side window with a gun.
"He said get out of the car," she said.
Schumacher got out but didn't move, in shock.
"He's yelling curse words and, 'you need to move!' 'Do you think I'm playing?' 'Do you think I won't shoot you?'" explained Schumacher.
She says the gunman then cocked his weapon.
"That's when I guess the reality really hit in that this is really happening," Schumacher said.
Schumacher says she watched the boys get into her car.
"I didn't really know what to do so I walk to the front of the car with my hands up saying 'don't drive off!' 'Don't drive off!' And that's when he slammed on the acceleration and hit me with the car," said Schumacher.
She jumped onto the hood and held on as the driver swerved to fling her off.
"I was terrified," said Schumacher.
One witness heard her screams.
"He could've killed that girl easily," the man said. "It's terrible. I'm still shaken up by it."
Yet, parish leaders say juvenile crime has become an all too common reality.
"The plight of the victims in this community should be taken into account in our policy decisions that relate to criminal justice," said Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.
District Attorney Cannizzaro sat down with FOX 8 to talk about other lives affected by what he calls a scourge in the community.
Three young men shot Attorney Sandy Kaynor in 2012. He died Thursday morning.
"Five and a half years ago his life was essentially taken from him and he was taken from his family and now his family has to live without him," said Cannizzaro.
Kaynor never recovered. He lived his final years in a wheelchair and unable to speak.
"It's unfortunate that a man has to suffer this as a result of gun violence by a juvenile in the driveway of his own home," Cannizzaro said.
Now Schumacher, fortunate to have survived her experience, is calling for action.
"Who are their parents?" she asked. "It's not something that we can just brush off and say, 'oh well. It's New Orleans, it happens. It's not something that we should be okay with."
Thursday morning, New Orleans police arrested five teens in connection with several carjackings. One of those teens is also being charged for his alleged involvement in the one involving Schumacher.