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Residents asking police to intervene after apartment complex shooting

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While residents said they do look out for their neighbors, they said it is no longer enough. They are calling for extra police protection.(Source: Cheryl Mercedes WAFB) While residents said they do look out for their neighbors, they said it is no longer enough. They are calling for extra police protection.(Source: Cheryl Mercedes WAFB)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

People who live in a set of apartment complexes off of Sharp Lane are asking police to move in after a man was shot in front of his apartment.

It happened early Monday morning at Chateau DeVille Condominiums on Sharp Lane.

Residents said in recent years violence has escalated in the area.

“I try to walk the earth and not be scared and look over my shoulder but now this is getting to be too much,” Geoffrey Allen said.

Allen lives near the complex where police say a 48-year-old man was shot early Monday morning in an apparent robbery. What appear to be bullet holes cover the walls outside of his apartment.

Lacey King lives in the building next door.

“It's kind of scary. It’s the second person that’s been shot in my yard in two years,” Kind said.

Allen said he was shot two years ago while sitting outside with his cat. He said a teen named Tramion Catherine, who was outside walking his pit bull, purposely unleashed his dog.

“He let the dog go. I took three steps and pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” Allen said.

Two years later, Allen said, it is a miracle he is still alive.

“I'm legally blind. This eye’s gone. This one's going to go. They've already told me that. I can't smell. I can't taste. I can't play my guitar no more,” Allen said.

Catherine is in prison in connection with a murder that happened a year later in the same neighborhood. But the person responsible for riddling the complex on Monday night is still on the run.

“I’m scared to death, scared to death. We can't just drag up and leave. We've still got to live here,” Allen said.

While residents said they do look out for their neighbors, they said it is no longer enough. They are calling for extra police protection.

“If they would try to start working with the residents here I think they'd feel more comfortable when they see suspicious activity, call calling it in,” King explained.

“I was lucky they caught the one that did it to me. They haven't caught this one yet. What's going to happen tonight? Is it going to happen, again,” Allen asked.

The victim in Monday’s shooting is expected to make a full recovery.

Police are urging people who have any information that might help police in the case to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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