Grandmother shot, 2 injured in uptown shooting

Grandmother shot, 2 injured in uptown shooting
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POSTED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 12:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 12:34pm

New Orleans police said they are investigating a triple shooting in Uptown.

Police said it happened about 8:30 a.m. Monday near the area of First and South Prieur streets.

Police said a grandmother, Audrianne James, was leaving her home to go to the Laundromat. As she was loading up her car to leave, police said she was shot in the stomach.

"She was an innocent bystander. She was walking to her car. Bullets don't have no name and she got caught in the crossfire," James' cousin, Tiea Silby, said.

Two men who were in a nearby car were also shot in the incident. Police said one was shot in the arm and the other was shot in the leg.

One person was being questioned by police, but no arrests have been made.

Police have not released any further details in the incident.

People in the neighborhood said they want the damage cleaned up the violence to stop.

James' aunt, Victoria Harris, said she heard 10 to 11 shots during the attack.

"I heard my daughter on the corner screaming and hollering so I'm thinking, 'One of my grandchildren has gotten shot,' but when I call Audrianne, she didn't answer. But when I come down here, she shot," Harris said.

Harris said James takes care of her five grandchildren.

"Thank God that she didn't have one of those children on her hip when she was going to that car just now," Harris said.

James' uncle, Lester Harris, said he dodged gunfire during the incident and narrowly avoided injury.

"My niece got hit and I waited for all the gunshots and I came out peeping," Lester Harris said. "If I was still sitting there I would be, there would be some bullet holes in me."

Neighbors said violence usually happens at least a block away and that this shooting hit too close to home.

"It needs to stop. I hope they put a crime camera on that corner. I grew up and was raised on this corner. This is my mama's and my daddy's house," Silby said.

While none of the injuries are life-threatening, people said enough is enough.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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