NEW ORLEANS -- Neighbors of the shooting in the Marigny that has a 14-year-old hospitalized in critical condition confronted local activists holding a news conference about the shooting.
“We live here, so don’t go telling us about what's going on in our neighborhood,” said one of the neighbors.
People representing Brothers Against Crime and other groups said their news conference is an appeal for calm.
Marigny homeowner Merritt Landry is out on bond, accused of attempted second degree murder after allegedly shooting 14-year-old Marshall Coulter in the head after discovering him in his fenced in yard.
Landry told police the teenager made a move like he was reaching for something.
At the news conference, Pastor Christiana Ford of the House of Faith Ministry said she lives in the area. She appealed for help.
“We are burying our children too young,” she said. “We need help here. We need help with our young people. We need somebody in higher up to step down to put jobs and programs into church. We need to get together and have us a neighborhood and stop the killing.”
Landry's attorneys say he feels terrible about what happened, but they're convinced he will be exonerated of any wrongdoing as facts come to light in the case.