A man was fatally shot Saturday afternoon in the doorway of his home in a residential block of New Orleans East.

The victim was identified as Gerard Darcy, 53, by his nephew Tyrone Dejoie.

Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman, said the shooting happened about 2 p.m.

A witness said he heard a barrage of gunfire and then saw a pair of men jump into a white Ford Explorer and flee the scene.

“It was two guys, and the windows were so tinted I couldn’t see inside,” said the man, who declined to be identified out of fear for his safety.

The man said that when he ventured out, the victim was lying in the doorway.

“I walked up to him, and he said, ‘Help me,’ ” the man said.

A neighbor said she heard the victim talking boisterously on the phone before gunfire rang out.

The woman also declined to give her name, saying she was fearful of reprisal.

She said there were two loud bangs and then she heard Darcy shout. “He said, ‘Man, what you doing?’ ” the woman said.

Then a long volley of gunshots sounded, she said.

When she went outside, she said, the man was lying in the doorway bleeding profusely from his abdomen.

“He was all torn up,” the woman said.

About 20 yellow evidence markers, typically used to designate shell casings, were scattered across the man’s driveway and into the doorway of the home.

A bullet hole was visible in the back of a gray Nissan Armada SUV parked in the driveway.

According to Robertson, the victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition and died a short time later.

Homicide Detective Robert Barrere is in charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information that can help solve this crime is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.