BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Two teens were shot at the intersection of 18th Street and Oleander Street just outside Baton Rouge’s Garden District Wednesday night.
Neighbors said they are shaken up by the attack.
“It was a scary feeling like this is right here in your back door and that really made it a reality for me,” said a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous. “It’s very heartbreaking, I just didn’t know what to do.”
The neighbor said they were watching TV when they heard the gunshots.
“I jumped up, ran to my bedroom and got on the floor. Then, I heard someone screaming for help and I was scared to come outside,” said the neighbor. “I was paralyzed, I was scared.”
They said it wasn’t until police arrived, that they feel safe to get off the floor.
“When I saw the police coming so fast, that was the only reason I came outside,” said the neighbor.
This is another tragic shooting in a string of violence plaguing Baton Rouge.
“I see it on the news every day but I never would have expected it to happen right here,” said the neighbor.
The neighbor is heartbroken by the attack, but what’s worse is the fear that remains.
“When you hear someone crying out for help and you’re scared to come outside not knowing if they are going to live or die,” said the neighbor.
Life will never be the same, that sense of security is gone.
“I will not be going anywhere but out of my house to go to work and come back in my house, and even that’s scary,” said the neighbor.
They applauded the quick response of BRPD and an off-duty firefighter that lives in the neighborhood. They said it may have saved those teens’ lives.
This is an ongoing investigation and we will continue to bring you the latest information.
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