Victim, neighbors fed up after second shooting in a week

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Gunshots fired in New Orleans East leave three people, including a five-year-old boy, recovering and neighbors searching for answers.

New Orleans Police say it happened around 12:45 a.m. Saturday in the 4700 block of Lynhuber Street.

"This one was going boom. boom, boom boom boom like you see on the television," said one of the victims.

The man and his son ducked for cover as a slew of gunshots came their way.

They were taking out the garbage and talking to a neighbor when a gunman opened fire.

Shortly after, he realized he and his five-year-old son were hit.

"I was grazed with a bullet. I run inside to check on him, and he said his hand was hurting. So I put it under some cold water and it started swelling so I said oh you've been hit, you've been shot in the hand," he said.

He said the X-Ray showed bullet fragments in his son's hand, while he was hit in the shoulder and arm.

"The first shot, you know you're stunned. And then the second shot to the third shot, that's when you realize what's happening," he said.

The victim said it sounded like 20 shot were fired in a row. Some even shattered the window of a neighbor's SUV.

"It was blessings because we were right there in the middle of it. Like they say the eye of the hurricane, we was in the middle, we was in the eye of it. You saw fire coming at us," the victim said.

While this man and his son suffered graze wounds, the third victim, a 27-year-old man is still in the hospital.

"The guy is in the hospital in critical condition. He might not live, and it's sad," the man said. "He's expected to be a father any day now, and his girl was with him. The pregnant lady was with him and she survived because she was right there in the middle too where he got hit in the face."

He said the man collapsed shortly after asking him to call 911.

"The detective came and told me at Children's Hospital that it was a handgun that the shell casings indicated," he said.

Police said there was a shooting in the same area Sunday, and neighbors are fed up.

"People are frightened because of all this retaliation," a neighbor said. "When they (are) shooting they have no disregard for anyone else's life."

"My only grandson, I'm scared for him to ride his bike out here," another neighbor said.

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