Man shot in the chest in Seventh Ward on St. Anthony Street _lowres

Photo by Matt Sledge, Advocate

A 35-year-old man was shot in the 2200 block of St. Anthony Street around 4:15 p.m. Monday before running around the corner and collapsing, according to police and a friend of the victim.

Pete Gusman, 57, said he was sleeping inside his house on North Miro Street when he heard a loud pop. He figured it was one of the neighborhood kids setting off a firecracker.

But just seconds later, Gusman said, he heard his friend pounding on his door, begging to be let in.

“I thought he was kidding,” Gusman said.

Gusman opened his door to see his friend, who he described as the employee of a French Quarter store, collapse on his porch in a pool of blood. Police said the victim was shot once in the chest in the 2200 block of St. Anthony Street before running around the corner to Gusman’s home.

Gusman said he could not think of any reason why someone would want to harm his friend. To another neighbor the crime was just as shocking.

“Them people don’t bother nobody,” said Nicole Williams, who often sees the victim and another friend hanging out on the street. “They sit on their porch, they listen to their music.”

Williams speculated that the shooting must have been a botched armed robbery, or over some petty money dispute.

Around an hour after the shooting, a crime scene technician placed the victim’s black Boston Red Sox cap into an evidence bag. She avoided the large pool of blood left on Gusman's steps.