New Orleans — The relatives of a 46-year old man gunned down at a Gert Town home Monday night say the victim’s death was a mistake brought on by his desire to hang out with family and friends in a familiar haunt.
Stephen Anderson died in the 3000 block of Audubon Court around 8:40 p.m. after police said two armed men unleashed a barrage of bullets on a home at that location. Police said a 23-year-old man was wounded in the shooting, which began after the younger man answered the doorbell at the residence. Anderson sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the body, while the younger man was wounded in the leg. Police have not released a motive or suspects in the shooting.
Anderson’s family called his death a total shock Tuesday afternoon, and relatives said their first reaction when they heard he’d been shot was that it must have been a mistake. Standing on the porch of her Painters Street home, Gwendolyn Nora, the victim’s mother, said it’s hard to believe her sweet, caring son is gone. Nora said that what makes it even harder to handle is that she doesn’t know more about how he died.
“I still don’t know have the full details of what happened,” she said.
Family members have been able to piece together a few details from the cousins and friends Anderson was visiting in the area. Anderson grew up in Gert Town and would often visit family on Audubon Court.
Nora said it appears he was asleep at a cousin’s home when the gunmen barged inside and opened fire. Although the younger victim received a fairly minor wound, Anderson was seriously wounded.
She said it’s hard to understand that her son is dead. She called him a kind and generous man, noting that he often cut the grass and picked up trash for people on their quiet block. Anderson was disabled and didn’t work, but he loved playing with all the children in his family, she said.
“He had a wonderful personality,” said Nora, as tears welled in her eyes. “He was just an enjoyable person. … He loved kids, and kids loved him.”
Nora said she’s never had to fear for her son’s safety, and he never had any problems with anyone. She said she feels his death was just the result of bad luck.
“He was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Nora, as she lamented his departure from her life. “His spirit was so beautiful.”