A shooting Thursday afternoon in the 2600 block of Gentilly Boulevard just in front of the main gates of Dillard University left a man hospitalized in critical condition.
A neighbor, who gave his name only as Chuck, said he was watching TV about 5 p.m. when he heard eight to 10 shots ring out on the street. When he walked out on his front porch, he saw one man running away on Allen Street and another on the ground with wounds to his shoulder and leg.
Police arrived within minutes, the neighbor said, but medics took much longer. As the man waited for medical assistance, someone put him on the phone with his mother.
Mona Duffel Jones, a Dillard spokesperson, said the shooting did not involve any students or Dillard employees. She said school officials were aware of the shooting but did not place the campus on lockdown, as the incident happened off the campus.
Neighbors bemoaned recent violence in the area, pointing to the July shooting death of Milan Arriola at Allen and Humanity streets. Arriola was the daughter of a New Orleans police officer and niece of musician Kermit Ruffins.
“I’m just frustrated,” Chuck said.