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Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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BRIDGE CITY, La. - Jefferson Parish deputies were still on scene the day after a gruesome murder in Bridge City.

Doretha Richardson, 81, was gunned down inside her kitchen on 5th Street just before midnight, said investigators. Neighbors say, it's heartbreaking.

'For this here to happen to Ms. Doretha, is a shame,' said Walter Washington. 'They took someone that didn't deserve it.'

About half a dozen bullet holes were apparent in the front of the home Saturday. Deputies said a trail of casings lined the street Friday night, leading to Richardson's front door. Multiple casings were found inside. Neighbors heard the shots.

'I was just laying in bed and all of a sudden I hear pop pop pop pop, you know, maybe 30 times,' said neighbor Tim Jordan.

Three other people were inside the home with Richardson last night, including her grandson, his girlfriend, and their three year old daughter, said deputies. No one else was injured in the shooting.

Investigators believe two black males stormed the home, but aren't sure if Richardson was the intended target. Sheriff's deputies said they have been to the house multiple times in the past to investigate drug activities.

'She was at the right place at her house. For someone to come in there, I don't believe she was the main target. Many activities that surrounded there, she just got caught up,' said Washington.

Saturday, one of Richardson's sons helped clear the home of reminders of the shooting, bringing out items like a bullet-riddled television. Richardson's family was too distraught to speak on camera, but neighbors said the 81 year old was always friendly.

'Ms. Doretha was a nice lady. Ms. Doretha used to pass by asking how they doing, if they needed help, assistance, or help anyone,' said Washington.

Now, police are trying to find out who could have done this, and why, as a family mourns this heart-wrenching loss.

If you have any information that could help investigators, call the JPSO Investigations Bureau at 504-364-5300 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
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