The first suspect named in a Nov. 22 mass shooting in New Orleans was being held in jail on a $1.7 million bond after turning himself in, police said.
Authorities have set a preliminary hearing in the case for Dec. 8. Police said 32-year-old Joseph “Moe” Allen and several others were involved in a gunfight that wounded 17 people at New Orleans’ Bunny Friend Playground after a neighborhood parade.
Allen was also being held without bond on an otherwise unspecified out-of-state warrant, The Associated Press reported. Police spokesman Tyler Gamble said Allen turned himself on Saturday, one day after being identified as a suspect.
Allen faces 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported. Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records show he is a convicted felon with a rap sheet dating from 2002 that includes home invasion, carjacking, illegal carrying of weapon and possession of cocaine and heroin, the newspaper reported.
Police said two groups of people turned their guns on each other in the Nov. 22 shooting at the Upper 9th Ward playground. Investigators found as many as 70 bullet casings the next morning. No shooters other than Allen have been identified by police.
“This is just the first shoe to drop,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said after police had identified Allen. “We are going to do everything we can to make sure all the other shoes drop as well.”
Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said on Friday that all but one or two of the Bunny Friend Playground victims were in “fair to good condition,” The Times-Picayune reported. He said no one’s wounds were life-threatening. “We are so glad that it wasn’t worse,” he said.
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