A vicious attack on a woman living in the city shed a harsh light on the dangers of post-Katrina New Orleans. Filmmaker Helen Hill and her husband, Paul Gailiunas, returned to help rebuild New Orleans after the hurricane struck. Paul, a doctor, set up a medical practice serving financially devastated families.
On the night of January 4, 2007, Paul says he awoke to hear Helen fighting off an attacker at their front door. As he ran to call 911, with their 2-year-old son Francis in his arms, he heard a shot. "She was lying next to the front door, and there was blood next to her head," Paul says. "And she wasn't moving."
Then the gunman turned on Paul, firing three shots at him. "I had no idea where I was shot, but I knew my hand started to hurt, and I felt blood pouring on the ground beside us," Paul says. Helen died after the attack, and her killer has not been found.