OLD JEFFERSON, La. (WVUE) - A triple shooting left one dead and two injured in an Old Jefferson apartment early Tuesday (May 14), according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The next day, residents in the 2800 block of Clermont Street like Jeannette Williams were shaken.
“I heard pop, pop, twice. Then all of a sudden, I heard something boom. I said, ‘what is that?’ It sound like a cannon,” Williams said.
Kendall Johnson lives right next door to the home where a 62-year-old man was killed.
“We thought it was somebody like banging to get inside, or something like that, until the last couple of shots, you heard gunshots. We knew it was gunshots,” Johnson said.
The shooting left another man and a woman injured. Both are in their 50s.
"Getting ready to go to sleep, and then 20 minutes later, you heard baboom baboom boom, so we come running out to see what was going on. Never seen nobody leave, no cars skirted off or whatever, then all of a sudden, police come," Johnson said.
Williams said she grew increasingly concerned as the police presence steadily increased.
“All of a sudden, I saw lights. You can see them good when it’s dark. Come round that corner off the Causeway. Nothing but police. I said, ‘lord, look like the whole Jefferson Parish police force is out here,’” Williams said.
Neighbors identified the man who died only by his first name, Sterling. They said he lived in the apartment with his girlfriend and her brother.
"Me and him were just sitting on the porch Friday, talking. Me, him, and my son, and was talking about the car he had just bought his girlfriend, and he just gave the man the last money for the car yesterday. He was painting this house. He didn't bother nobody," Williams said.
Tuesday morning, more than 12 hours after the shooting, detectives continued to investigate inside the apartment.
"Far as we know, neighbors, been around for a while, no commotion, and I mean, it's strange that it happened like that. Cause like I said, you don't get that on this street," Johnson said.
Neighbors said they're shocked because they don't know what led to the shooting.
“They were good people. Good neighbors," Johnson said. “And I mean, we’re all neighborly, you know what I’m saying, so it makes you check your surroundings, and also stay alert to what’s going on.”
Williams said the shooting was out of character for the neighborhood, a fact that leaves her worried.
"I'm very concerned because that could happen to any one of us in this block, and I never thought this here would happen. Not no killing," Williams said.
Investigators with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said they still don’t know the motive and don’t have any suspects at this time, but they do not believe the shooting was random.
A JPSO spokesman said the injured woman was treated and released from the hospital and the man remains in the hospital.