I-10 shooting victim says having a gun may have saved his life


There have been several reported I-10 shootings this year, mostly in East New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS – With bullet holes still in his pickup truck, an East New Orleans man is the latest victim of a shooting on Interstate 10 in New Orleans.

“He broke the rear window, the front window, he shot the door, my dashboard, the steering wheel,” said the man who asked not to be identified by name.

The shooting happened Tuesday morning on I-10 westbound as he was driving to work. He says that between Read and Crowder Boulevards in East New Orleans, two trucks without license plates ended up behind him. One of them then stood in front of him.

“He tried to slow me down to exactly 10 miles per hour,” the man said.

That’s when he says the other truck stopped on the passenger side.

” I’ve watched it. As soon as I look at him, he opens fire on me,” the man said.

At least three bullets hit his van, one of them going through his mask hanging from his steering wheel. His left hand is still injured by the fragments and the broken glass.

“When he started shooting at me, I just tilted my head back to the seat to protect myself,” the man said.

Protection also meant grabbing his own gun which he never fired, but which he says saved his life.

“When he saw me with a gun in my hand, they just drove. They were driving fast. They got away from me,” the man says. carjacking or something like that.”

New Orleans police confirm that another person also reported that their car was shot at around the same time and believe it is related to this shooting.

There have been several reported I-10 shootings this year, mostly in East New Orleans. In January, a young mother, Whitney Watts, 34, was shot multiple times with her daughter in the back seat. Watts died at the scene, also near the Crowder Boulevard exit.

“Honestly, I don’t know what to do,” the man said. “It’s really crazy.”

Even without any reason to feel targeted, the man has not returned home since the shooting. He will no longer drive his van and plans to leave New Orleans.

“I’m scared to go there, honestly. I’m really scared to go home. I’m really, really scared,” the man said. “[What if] they are still looking at me and they are going to kill me.

A scary situation that he hopes the police can stop before it happens to someone else.

So far, no arrests have been made in this case. A bullet found in the van was turned over to the NOPD, who are asking anyone with information to call the department.

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