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So much for quiet neighborhood bars. Keep your guard up people.

UPDATE:

The full story is in the TP today.

The killer had recently been fired from a construction crew who was working for someone affiliated with Pal's (possibly the owner or manager) because of erratic behavior. He was intending to hurt his previous employer and for some reason attacked 2 regulars of the bar instead. Possibly because he could not get all the way to his intended victim.

So it was not love lost or a random incident.

Here are photos from the incident.

 

The victim was Nia Robertson, 30, Director of Housing and Urban Development [for the Road Home agency]

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Link.

A New Orleans woman was critically injured Wednesday night when a man entered a Mid-City bar and slashed her throat, police said. The attacker, who also stabbed another patron, was arrested a short distance away, police said.

The victims, both New Orleans residents, were not identified.

The 30-year-old woman was in critical condition with a knife wound to the neck, and the man, 34, had wounds to the neck and arm that were not life-threatening, police spokeswoman officer Jonette Williams said. Both were taken to a local hospital.

(the woman died this morning)

The suspect, Eric Traczyk, 35, of New Orleans, was arrested about two blocks away, Williams said. Police recovered the knife believed used in the attack on Traczyk. He was booked with two counts of attempted murder.

The man entered Pal's Bar, 949 N. Rendon St., about 9:15 p.m. and attacked the two people, Williams said. Police hadn't determined a motive late Wednesday night, and had no evidence the attacker knew the victims, Williams said.

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From a 1st person report from a friend:

They were hanging by the video poker machines, and they suddenly heard a commotion.

they see a bunch of dudes run out of the bar after someone.

and the girl sitting at the bar holding her throat.

women screaming..

they run over there to help her contain the blood

the bartendars are screaming "lock the doors"

the "crazy white guy" was then chased down by folks in the bar and the cops a few blocks away.

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How about we take some of the city's 600,000 PR budget and spend it on Psychiatric Services for some of our sick citizens?

August 16, 2007 in Nola Stuff | Permalink

Comments

Absolutely horrifying.

Posted by: Susan | Aug 16, 2007 9:25:58 AM

I used to hang at Pals all the time when I lived in BSJ. This is terrible.

Posted by: Varg | Aug 16, 2007 10:44:59 AM

Where did you hear that the woman died?

Posted by: rcs | Aug 16, 2007 12:35:16 PM

Never mind, here it is.

Posted by: rcs | Aug 16, 2007 2:14:04 PM

sick, saddened, distraught. the victim, nia, was a really nice girl. i worked with her on a few projects back in the spring of 2005, and have fond memories of her. always smiling, easy-going. just a great person. so hard to believe this happened.

Posted by: oludumare | Aug 16, 2007 7:22:39 PM

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