Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - Alfredo Pinto will never forget hearing the single gunshot that took his neighbor's life.

But even more haunting were his wounded neighbor's cry for help afterward.

'He started beating at my door,' said Pinto. 'He said, 'Two young guys shot me.' That's all he said. I said 'Why, why?' He said, 'I don't know.''

Pinto said as he called police, his neighbor stumbled to a nearby corner, where he eventually collapsed. That's where a memorial grows for Rafael Quintanilla, 58.

Police say Quintanilla was sitting on his porch near the intersection of Baudin Street and S. Carrollton Avenue Wednesday just before 3 p.m. when two teens tried to rob him. Before Quintanilla could respond, police said, he was shot in the stomach.

'That could happen to me,' said Pinto. 'I'm scared now. Maybe I'm going to move from here because I don't know, you know. You don't know if you're safe right here outside.'

Within hours of the shooting, police arrested a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy. They were able to trace the 13-year-old to a New Orleans East home because he was wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet, issued two weeks ago.

Police believe the 13-year-old pulled the trigger.

'This 13-year-old who celebrated his birthday yesterday by taking the life of a human being had multiple run-ins with the law for violence, guns, curfew, theft and other crimes,' said New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

Authorities won't release specific charges or the teens' identities because they're underage.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office monitors the ankle bracelet program, while judges issue provisions specific to individual wearers.

'The ankle bracelet program functioned as intended. It assisted the NOPD in his apprehension,' said spokesman Malcolm Ehrhardt.

Ehrhardt said Jude Mark Doherty of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court issued the provisions on the teen's ankle monitoring bracelet. They included refraining from narcotics, firearms, and other illegal activity, attending school, obeying parents and/or guardians and being home every night at 8 p.m. But no restrictions were placed on where the teen could go.

Meanwhile, neighbors remember Quintanilla as a friendly man who knew everyone on his street, someone who loved to sit outside and talk with friends.

Someone whose life was taken far too soon.

'When I [took Quintanilla] in my hands, I only [thought] of my dad. That's why when I heard that he died, I was very sad,' said Pinto.

Pinto said Quintanilla lived alone but has family in the metro area.

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