Acadiana victim recalls shooting on Bourbon St., “I just thought that my life was over”

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Four of the victims in the New Orleans shooting have close ties to Acadiana.

Now Brittany Ben and Saisha Tolliver are back at home recovering after a tragic night they they’ll never forget.

“I just didn’t know what to think and what to do,” said Tolliver, “I just thought that my life was over.”

Saisha Tolliver of Lafayette was shot in the legs while walking down Bourbon street early Sunday morning.

She was one of nine people injured in the shooting.

The shooting also claimed the life of 25-year-old Demontris Toliver of Baton Rouge.

“As soon as I looked up I seen a guy that was dressed all in black and all I seen was the gun come out and he just started shooting,” said Tolliver, “I tried to turn and run but I had to stop because I felt burning in my legs. And I just looked to my fiance and just said I can’t move and he was like what’s wrong and I was like I’m hit.”

Brittany Ben was the second female victim.

She was shot three times in the chest and twice in the arm while protecting her nephew.

She was released from the hospital Sunday, with two bullets remaining in her chest.

Her mother Jessie prays that the violence will stop.

“Stop all the killing, it’s not worth it,” said Jessie, “They shot an innocent little girl that don’t get no trouble, she’s in school, a good child. Trying to protect somebody else she caught all the bullets, I could have lost my child. She went out there to have fun, caught five bullets and she didn’t deserve that at all.”

Brittany was admitted to a Lafayette hospital Sunday afternoon and had surgery Monday to remove the remaining bullets in her chest, but Tolliver will have to live with the one in her leg forever.

“I think about it every second of the day,” said Tolliver, “The actual bullet itself is still in there. It’s not going to shift, it’s not going to move, or anything. But it’s going to be there for the rest of my life.”

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