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Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS Martynenez Grigsby, 26, has been booked on one count of aggravated battery by shooting after police say she shot a man in the chest Monday afternoon, sending him to the hospital in critical condition.

Grigsby initially told police she shot the 20-year-old man when he tried to force his way into her Mid-City apartment, said police spokesman Officer Frank Robertson.

The woman was taken to police headquarters for questioning and refused to cooperate, resulting in her arrest, said Robertson.

Neighbors at the Marquis Apartments in the 2600 block of Poydras Street said the incident is unusual and alarming.

'That's like, wow. That's kind of close to home, literally, so I'm still in shock, honestly,' said neighbor Daniel Meekins. 'It's been peaceful. I definitely enjoy where I live.'

As of 10 p.m. Monday, police reported the man was stable.

The shooting is one of several in recent months in which someone told police they used a gun to try to turn the tables on an alleged assailant.

Last week, an Algiers pastor was arrested after he shot one of two men accused of stealing copper from his church.

The week before that, police say an Algiers man fatally shot a suspected masked robber inside his home.

In May, an off-duty SUNO police officer shot and killed a suspected armed robber in Gentilly.

'I definitely think people are arming themselves as a mean of protection,' said Meekins, 'It's unfortunate that number is increasing, but what do you want someone to do?'

'Personally I think you should arm yourselves in cases like this,' said neighbor Nicholas Ross.

Nationally, the country's two largest firearm makers say handgun sales are on the rise, a boost attributed to growing interest in self defense and heightened fears of tighter gun restrictions.

Police say there have been seven justifiable homicides, or killings in self-defense, so far this year. That's more than double the three recorded last year, and on track to top the nine recorded in 2012.

The number, of course, does not include Monday's shooting since it did not result in a death, and police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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