Jeremy Marx said he was in his home on Soniat Street watching TV when six or seven gunshots rang out in quick succession a little after midnight Tuesday morning. He said he heard screams, called the police and waited inside for the chaos to die down before opening his front door.
He finally ventured outside to find the aftermath of a shooting that left one woman dead and another wounded.
“A woman was sitting on the stoop bleeding from her leg,” Marx said. “I went and got her a towel to help stop the bleeding.”
He said he didn’t recognize the woman.
Police said the 43-year-old woman had been sitting with a friend inside a white four-door Pontiac in the 5100 block of South Robertson Street when a man walked up to the car and opened fire. One neighbor, who declined to give his name, said the gunman ran off down Valmont Street.
The wounded woman was taken to a local hospital. The other woman, also 43, died at the scene, police said.
Later in the morning, with the police gone and only a pile of shattered glass suggesting what had happened, neighbors gathered to talk over the shooting.
A man who identified himself as Doc Noble said one of the victims kept screaming, “Pee-wee, Pee-wee” as they waited for the ambulance to arrive.
His neighbor Kellie Grengs said she is frustrated by the endless violence but refuses to let it faze her.
“I’m not going to stop walking my dog,” she said. “You can’t be scared by the shootings. We have to keep working to make the neighborhood better.”
Grengs, who teaches costume design for the Loyola University theater department, said she gets enough drama from the stage. She’s been working on a new production of the play “Crimes of the Heart.” It begins with an attempted murder.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call the NOPD Homicide Unit at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.