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Members of the police SWAT Team patrol Alvar Street in the upper Ninth Ward, looking for suspects in one of Tuesday night’s four Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Camp Street resident was shot in the chest during a carjacking Tuesday night in the Touro neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, one of four robberies reported within several hours.

Around 10:30 p.m., the victim was approached by two men in his driveway at the corner of Camp and Delachaise and, during the ensuing confrontation, the man was shot in the chest, said Lt. Frank Young of the NOPD Sixth District investigative unit. A gray 2004 Cadillac Escalade with license plate “SJT 494″ was taken in the robbery, police said.

The Camp Street carjacking was the second of four Uptown armed robberies reported Tuesday night. Earlier in the evening, a woman had reported being robbed of her purse at First and St. Charles on the edge of the Garden District, Young said.

Then, while police were still investigating the Camp Street case, a third robbery was reported in the 2300 block of Marengo, the corner opposite the Crocker school in the Milan neighborhood. In that case, a Toyota Solara was taken, but police already nearby looking for the Escalade quickly spotted the Solara and followed it to the Musicians’ Village area of the upper Ninth Ward, where the occupants of the vehicle got out and ran off on foot. Two suspects were apprehended, but as of 3 a.m. police were still searching for at least one more.

The fourth robbery was reported in the 3600 block of St. Charles around 2 a.m., police said.

The two suspects apprehended in the Ninth Ward were positively identified by the Marengo Street victims, and one of them was also identified by the victim in the case at First and St. Charles, Young said. Whether they are connected to the Camp Street case remains under investigation.

Katie Baudouin, who lives in the same block of Camp where the shooting took place, said she heard the gunshots and looked out the window to see a police car already on Delachaise heading toward the scene.

“They were there immediately, and then they just started swarming right there,” she said.

She hasn’t ever heard a shooting near her home in the three years she’s lived there, she said, and it alarmed all her neighbors.

“Everyone on the block heard it,” Baudouin said. “It’s definitely too close for comfort.”

A Sixth District task force sergeant stands outside the crime scene marked off at the corner of Camp and Delachaise streets, where a resident was shot in the chest during a carjacking Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigators talk with residents of the 2300 block of Mareno, where a carjacking was reported around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police detectives from the Uptown-based Second and Sixth districts confer about a Toyota Solara abandoned in the 3800 block of North Prieur after being stolen in an armed robbery on Marengo Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

[Note: This article was first published at 12:02 a.m. Wednesday and updated several times, most recently at 4:11 a.m. Wednesday.]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Saxgourmet Steve Goodson

    Why no descriptions of the perps? We need to know what they look like so we can avoid them and/or assist the NOPD in catching them….seriously, it’s not like this information is not available

  • capt steve

    Susan Guidry has NOPD officers from other districts working overtime checking for underage drinking around Tulane University. Please call or email her and ask why. I have called 10 times without a response.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tracie.washington.nola Tracie Washington

      Why? Because underage drinking is a crime!

  • Fat Harry

    There will be no problem with witnesses at this location

  • Merry Grant

    Why not get good crime cameras. That would be a huge help of getting thugs off the street.
    They are all over Great Britian and the crime is relately low.

  • martine

    Need a task force that can strategically spread out and do the job. They know this area is a target, tomorrow it will be another target. We need a Police Chief with a General’s back ground. This is not a policing problem this is a small war, with stupid, crazy kids.

  • May

    Why no crime cameras? They are too busy taking our law Abiding pictures at every intersection in town..when are we going to have enough?? Be Armed People!

  • new orleans cut throat

    New orlean thugs make ever blackman with dreads a suspect

  • http://twitter.com/Pistolette Pistolette

    Unfortunately, carrying a gun (or any other weapon) is pointless if you’re alone and attacked by three people at once. That’s why they do it in groups. And no, the cops can’t be depended on either. They can’t prevent these crimes, only respond to them as quickly as possible. If you live here you either accept that you’ll get mugged, or you avoid it by rarely leaving the house – or you move away. I can promise you, Nola will never change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracie.washington.nola Tracie Washington

    So when confronted with someone with a gun who wants your 8 year old car, folks your response should be “here, and would you like my cash” or anything else. You can buy another car!