Melvin Carter, 16, fled the Iberville Project near downtown for the relative safety of the Superdome: "So we were just sitting, and time was passing. It got late and I was asleep. Then I heard a loud sound. It was a gunshot."
Images of death and suffering dominated the media coverage of Hurricane Katrina last year -- but pictures of looting also sparked national anger and debate.
Slate senior editor Andy Bowers profiles a pair of teenagers in New Orleans who witnessed the looting first-hand, and shared their experiences in essays recalling those terrifying days after the levees broke.