NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – DJ and musician Alex Schultz was going home after a long day at work playing music at various venues in New Orleans. Her working day ended with a late night concert at Gasa Gasa Uptown, but as he returned to his Lower Garden District home, he said several men pursued him and stole his property.
“I just ran away. They caught me, ”Schultz said. “They beat, punched, kicked everything with all my stuff, jumped in our car with literally every piece of DJ gear I got and drove off.”
He said he saw his livelihood go missing – nearly $ 7,000 of missing equipment. They even took the tip pot, adding insult to injury.
“They hit the jackpot with me,” Schultz said.
His wife and baby were at home and woke up to the noise outside. The family said the theft impacted not only their livelihoods but also their family life. Their baby stroller, diaper bag and other items were also in their car.
“I love New Orleans so much. It’s so dear to my heart, but right now I’m on high alert, unfortunately, ”said his wife, who did not want to be identified.
It has been a difficult few years for their family. Musicians like Schultz have struggled to find work due to COVID restrictions. He said life was just starting to feel like it was getting back to normal. But without his equipment, he doesn’t know when he will be able to return to work.
“I got a good amount of donations where I can start rebuilding and buy material and find out. I have stuff booked this weekend … I don’t know if I’ll be able to figure it out by then, ”he said.
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Schultz said he was very grateful for the community support that has followed since the traumatic experience. A social media posting has garnered help from people in the music industry – everything from financial donations to other DJs offering to lend him their equipment for concerts.
“I don’t know where I would be if I kept this to myself and hardly said anything online,” he said. “I’m so glad I did. People get along too, sending me messages like ‘hey, this happened to me, my girlfriend’, my neighbor actually, ”he said.
Schultz said their vehicle was found wrecked and cleaned up in the St. Roch neighborhood. The baby stroller was all that was left.
The NOPD asks anyone with information to call Sixth District detectives at 504-658-6060 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 504-822-1111.
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