NEW ORLEANS, LA- A six year and eleven year old, were picked up by police for after pulling a gun on a man.
Neighbors say something needs to be done, but one legal analyst believes little can be done within the justice system because the perpetrators are so young.
Saturday afternoon, many of the people walking along Royal Street in the Marigny, had no idea of what transpired here just hours earlier.
"It's like, whoa, really? Here, in this neighborhood? It was a bit of a shock, needless to say," explained resident Alan Vanlandschoot.
New Orleans police say a 6 and 11-year old were rummaging through the bed of a parked pickup truck, around 12:30 Friday afternoon, when a passerby tried to stop the duo.
Police say the kids screamed obscenities at the man, then the 11-year old pulled a gun from his waistband and threatened to shoot the man if he didn't leave them alone.
"These kids are not gonna face any real consequences, and you don't think they know that? And you don't think the 16 and 18-year olds who put them up to it, they don't know that? Of course they do," said legal analyst Joseph Raspanti.
Raspanti says despite both boys being booked into the juvenile division, the chances of them actually being punished are slim to none.
"It gets more difficult the younger they get to get any real consequences against the perpetrator," said Raspanti.
The six year old was released to his parents.
Raspanti predicts the 11-year old suspect will face probation.
Stopping the kids before they commit crimes, is the priority of this neighborhood.
"if they found out who the parents or whoever is making the kids do it, maybe that could help it stop," said resident Mike Esordi.
Hours after the incident, a special security task force hit Frenchmen Street.
Business owners who paid for it say it's a proactive program to combat incoming crime.
Some would like to see the patrol extend past Frenchmen, into neighboring streets.
But residents admit, they never thought they'd need protection, from pre-teens, in broad daylight.