NEW ORLEANS -- The tables were turned on three alleged, armed robbers in Bayou St. John, as the NOPD confirmed one of the victims turned a gun on his attackers. Now two people are behind bars and police are looking for a third suspect connected to the brazen crime.
"We heard four pop-pop-pop-pops," said Mid-City resident Judy Reagan. Watching television on her couch with her partner, Reagan didn't realize what was unfolding a few blocks from her front door.
"I thought about going out on the porch, but then I thought, if it's actual gunshots, I'm not going to stick my head out here," said Reagan.
The NOPD says two people were walking to a parked car in the 3100 block of Ursulines Avenue around 9:00 p.m. Thursday when they were approached by three people.
Police say the gunmen asked both victims to get on the ground, but that didn't happen.
"His first thought was to protect his female companion, which he did by pushing her to the ground to keep her out of harm's way and then fired a couple of warning shots," said attorney Michael Kennedy who represents one of the victims. He says his client declined to be interviewed.
Police say after the trio were shot at, they started running towards Bayou St. John dropping a clue that would link one of the suspects to the crime.
Early Friday night, NOPD officers were spotted canvassing the area where police arrested two suspects the night before.
Police say 18-year-old Aaron Smith and 17-year-old Hakeem Carter were taken into custody in the 1000 block of Hagan Street, not far from where shots were fired.
Now they both face two counts of attempted armed robbery.
Kennedy says his client is still shaken up. "Traumatic as well as safety concerns. There's still one person out there being sought."
For those living in this Mid-City neighborhood, this latest robbery attempt is a reminder to watch your back.
"That close, it just gives you pause to be street smart and to look around. It doesn't encourage me to get me own gun, but it is frightening," said Reagan.
Police are still looking for a third suspect. He's described an African-American male, with a tall build and thin long dreadlocks with bleached tips.
If you can help detectives solve this case, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
This story was developed with in connection with our coverage partner Mid-City Messenger.