Brazen Avondale shooting raises concerns in one neighborhood

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Posted on January 7, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 3:45 AM

Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News
Email: ssatchfield@wwltv.com | Twitter: @satchfield

AVONDALE, La. -- For one Avondale neighborhood there were chaotic moments Friday as gunfire erupted in broad daylight.

Bullets pierced the exterior wall of a dialysis clinic, where patients were inside getting treatment.

Across the street, neighbors scrambled.

"Everybody was scared because everybody was laying all on the ground, ducking and grabbing their children," said Wardell McIntyre, who lives near the shooting scene at the intersection of S. Jamie Blvd and Rosalie Drive.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office officials say at around 2:30 p.m. Friday, two men approached another man -- who was sitting inside a car -- and opened fire. Authorities say the gunmen fired multiple shots, but missed their intended target. There were no injuries in connection with the incident.

However, some neighbors say it's another example of an alarming trend in the area.

"You've come to expect some things like this, because it has gotten worse," said one neighbor who would only give us her first name, Brenda.

Brenda has called this neighborhood home for more than 40 years. Over the last few years, she said, things have changed.

"We hear that there was a shooting in the back of the subdivision. There were a couple of robberies, home break-ins, and just more shootings lately than there have been," Brenda said. "We are concerned about it. We find it's getting too close to home."

A patient of the dialysis clinic, who didn't want to go on camera, said patients will soon be transferred to other regional facilities due to safety concerns.

A manager at the clinic wouldn't comment, but late Monday, Fresenius Medical Care North America issued this statement:

"Our patient safety is paramount  and we've taken the initial step of moving dialysis care for patients who are treated at the FMC Avondale clinic to the nearby FMC Barrataria clinic in Marrero. In the wake of this incident we are reviewing our options to ensure that our Avondale clinic patients remain safe throughout their dialysis experience with us."

Meanwhile, some neighbors, who are fed up with the ongoing problems, say it's time to speak out.

"I'm tired of it, because I think we all have to get together and say, 'Hey, we're not gonna put up with this,'" said neighbor Linda Waguespack.

Officials say there are no suspects or motives in the shooting.

 

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