Broken windows raise questions about targeted damage

"We do see occurrences everyday, people come in and think it's a bullet."

NEW ORLEANS – Car damage is reported every day in New Orleans, however one of WWL-TV’s reporters had an unusual incident happen on Tuesday night while driving home and she may not be the only one. 

A small hole left in the sunroof of Eyewitness News Reporter Jacqueline Quynh’s car is currently being investigated and by just one estimate, could cost up to $500 in damage. 

Around 7:30 p.m. Quynh left a grocery store near Bienville and Broad and was heading toward Jefferson Davis Parkway. 

"As I'm driving on Bienville, all of a sudden I hear a loud crack to my roof and I look up and my sunroof is breaking,” she said. 

When she checked, she said it looked like a rock or possibly a pellet had hit the glass. The officer who took the report said incidents like that happen all the time. 

"We do see occurrences everyday, people come in and think it's a bullet,” Ann Duffard of Broad Street Auto Glass, said. 

Duffard said she believes most damage is from rocks on the streets, not weapons, though she has heard of it. 

"We see that a lot in the summer. Kids are throwing rocks off the neutral ground, or bb guns are coming out. We see more activity in the early summer,” Duffard said. 

Coincidentally, this week students are off for Thanksgiving. 

"So, I haven't heard as much about rocks being thrown at cars around here as they're driving by, but windows on homes that are being broken that's a prominent thing around here,” resident Damon Robert said. 

"Somebody had a brick thrown in the window the other day. It's a guy across the street, we had our front little side window broken,” he said. 

He said in both incidents, it appeared nothing was stolen. 

In the past six months, there have been at least three incidents of reports of a vehicle break in, however around the time Quynh’s car was hit, a friend reported that her car window was shot near the bus terminal by the Superdome. 

"I don't know if it's something where they need to step up patrol or something,” Robert said. 

It is unclear whether the incidents are connected by it is enough to leave some asking questions. 

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