NEW ORLEANS – An 11-year-old boy was wounded in an early morning shooting in New Orleans East.
Family members say 11-year-old Antoine Ellis is recovering in the hospital after being shot in his leg while he was sleeping. His grandmother, Eleine Ellis, was sleeping right beside him when it happened. She walked away with a just cut to the back of her leg.
“It didn’t hit me, it hit him. They could’ve killed him; we both could’ve been dead in there. God was just with us, I thank God,” Eleine said.
NOPD say the shooting happened around 4:30 a.m. at Heritage House Apartments on Chef Menteur Highway. The apartment was riddled with bullet holes and shattered glass.
“It was crazy, 4 O’clock in the morning you find out somebody shot your mom’s house up. It’s crazy,” said Antoine’s aunt who only wanted to be identified as Nette. “Never thought it would hit my home, but you can expect it (in) New Orleans.”
Eleine says the shooting happened because of an argument. She says her son, Antoine’s father, got into an argument with someone earlier. When that argument happened, she says she called NOPD.
“I called the police out here about three times, they told me they couldn't do anything about it. I told them the boy had guns and everything, they told me they couldn't do anything about it because it wasn't a crime scene," Eleine said.
But hours later, it was a crime scene.
We checked the NOPD Calls for Service log. Last night, there were three calls to police to her block on Chef Menteur Highway. The first at 8:25 p.m., then 9:03p.m. and the last one at 9:56 p.m. Police acknowledge the calls.
A media spokesperson said when police arrived on scene after the first two calls, they could not find the people involved. On the third call, the found the individuals and talked to them. The subjects told them a fight never happened and one lifted up their shirt to show they didn't have a gun.
Hours later, several shots rang out. People in the area say they heard more than a dozen shots.
“Nobody has any type of heart these days. Everything is gun, gun, gun and he didn’t deserve that, he’s 11-years-old,” Nette said.
Dwayne Dunbar, a friend of the family, said these kinds of shootings hit close to home because he has kids of his own.
"It hurt my heart because this is nonsense," Dunbar said. "It’s nonsense over nothing.”