NEW ORLEANS – Neighbors and family are looking for answers after three people were found shot to death in the kitchen of a New Orleans East home.
“Just stop killing people, stop the violence,” said neighbor Monique Ellzey. “I mean, I don’t know what else to say. Our children are watching this on TV, our children are watching other adults killing other adults. They don’t know any better, they are going to go right behind these people and do the same shit they saw them do.”
Standing outside the crime tape surrounding the 6700 block Brutus Street, Ellzey watched as NOPD swept through the crime scene of the second triple shooting in New Orleans in eight days, and just four days after a quadruple murder in Metairie.
“I’m scared to come out of my house, and my neighborhood is nice and quiet but I’m scared to even come outside,” Ellzey said. “I’m scared I’m might catch a bullet from somewhere.”
Police said a man and woman, both 58 years old, and a 66-year-old man were all in the kitchen when they believe someone entered the home. However, investigators said there were no signs of forced entry.
“Right now we’re looking for evidence, potential further victims that may be out there because we do not know how many victims there could be in addition to these three victims,” said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison.
One of those victims was Gregory Twymon’s cousin.
“We look at it as a tragedy but the creator looks at it as something totally different,” said Twymon. “It could have just been a message that he wanted to take her away from here to be with him.”
There is one message both residents had for the community.
“Man put the guns down,” Twymon said. “Leave it alone, just cut it short.”
“The police chief is doing the best he can, but he can’t work by himself,” she said. “A lot of people be outside all day; they see and don’t see. Until it actually happens to their family, then they want to talk, and this is too close to home right now.”