Weekend shootings leave Baton Rouge residents worried

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POSTED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 7:59am

Elizabeth McGruder, 91, has lived at the same house in Baton Rouge for almost 60 years.

Last night, she says she saw bullets and people shooting at each other right outside her window.

She says the violence isn't just out of hand, it's now too close to home.

“I just turned the light off and opened my blinds, and I saw one running from another one, and they were just shooting,” states McGruder.

McGruder says this is something that has forced her to change her way of living.

“I could leave my doors open and nobody ever came in, but now I can't. I’m afraid to sit outside.”

She says something that wasn't heard of years ago has become commonplace.

“At night we go to bed, and the next thing we hear is shooting, people hollering, all kinds of (that) going on up in the street here.”

In five separate shootings, a total of nine people had to be taken to the hospital. McGruder says things weren't this bad just a few months ago, and now, the violence is escalating faster than even she thought they could.

Police say at least one of this weekend's shootings happened after a fight. However, in one case, police say the suspect made their way into a house and started demanding money before shooting.

McGruder says seeing the crime is disappointing and frustrating, and she’s hoping law enforcement steps things up so she can sleep a little easier at night.

“They don't care what they do, and all of them - young boys. We just praying and hoping they (police) can do something about it.”

Police haven't made any arrests, but there are suspects in several of the shootings.

If you have any information on this weekend's shootings call crime stppers at (225) 344-stop (7867). You can also text your tip to crimes (274637). Include cs225 at the beginning of your message. 

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