A 36-year-old woman was listed in critical condition Monday night after being shot in the neck by a stranger as she walked to her vehicle in a residential block of Milan Street just off of Magazine, police and neighbors said.
The woman was shot once around 9:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Milan Street, said NOPD Officer Frank Robertson, a departmental spokesman. Neighbors said the woman had been visiting a home in the block, and was leaving when she was approached by the unknown person who shot her.
“I heard her start screaming. It was like scary screaming,” said one neighbor, who asked not to be identified. “I went to my front door, and I heard the gunshot.”
Another neighbor said he was helping his son with social-studies homework in the front room, and did not hear the gunshot but did hear the sirens of the arriving officers. He said that most of the block is longtime residents like his family, and the shooting surprised him.
“It’s just a random thing that very rarely happens here,” the man said. “I don’t know if this guy was just roaming around or what.”
The shooting took place in view of a Magazine Street corner experiencing a dining revival, surrounded by at least five new restaurants. The crime scene itself was immediately behind the Sisters of Christian Charity home.