Police: Man exchanges gunfire with suspects on French Quarter rooftop

Police: Man exchanges gunfire with suspects on French Quarter rooftop
Published: Nov. 12, 2016 at 5:06 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 13, 2016 at 3:53 AM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department says a man exchanged gunfire with two men who robbed him on a French Quarter rooftop Friday evening.

The incident happened just after 6 p.m. on top of a parking garage near the 800 block of Bienville Street.

Police said a 41-year-old male was approached by two black males on the top floor of the parking garage. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and demanded the victim's money and keys.

Investigators said the man gave the thieves his wallet and keys before the suspects forced him into his vehicle.

That's when police say the victim pulled a gun and started to shoot at the robbers. One of the suspects started shooting back as he and the victim exchanged gunfire on the French Quarter rooftop.

People nearby the scene said they can understand why the man tried to fight back against his attackers.

"You get fed up and that's pretty much what everybody's doing. You get fed with people just taking things from them, you retaliate, you fight back, you want to keep your stuff," said Angela Gray, who was visiting from Atlanta.

"That's what we need to do, fight back. I'm tired of being a victim, man, people just can't come in and think they can get away with nothing without any consequences," said Marvin Gray, of Atlanta.

For some people, the incident shows them more guns could keep criminals at bay, while others aren't sure that's the answer.

"I think the guy should have defended himself just like he did. I think if more people carried guns like that we'd probably be safer in the world," said Jim Thomas of Shreveport.

"Obviously nobody should be victimized by crime, but there are too many guns on the street, that's not really the solution to have a shoot on the roof of a parking garage. We need safety, and we need sensible gun laws," said Paul Sonn, who was visiting from New York.

No one was reported injured in the incident.

If you have information that can help police catch the suspects call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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