Shortly after 11:00 yesterday morning, deputies from the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting in the 400 block of Saturn Road in Bayou Vista.

A 47-year-old woman was taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

She says she heard a noise in her backyard, went to investigate, and the suspect pulled out a handgun.  The two argued, he shot at her and fled the area.

The suspect is said to be a heavy set, olive skinned white or Hispanic man who had short blond hair.  The witness also told police the man was wearing a striped shirt and khaki pants.

The victim is in stable condition at a New Orleans hospital.

Because of the situation yesterday, Bayou Vista Elementary was putted on lockdown for some time, and deputies were sent to the school.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing as well as the search for the suspect.

Anyone with information on the case should call the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office at 985-384-1622 or 337-828-1960.