NEW ORLEANS--The NOPD has identified one of the suspects believed to be responsible for a shooting incident at a New Orleans playground that injured 17 people. The shooting happened on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at Bunny Friend Playground, located in the 1900 block of Gallier Street.
Around 6:15 p.m., several hundred people were gathered at the playground for a block party when witnesses say at least two groups of individuals began shooting at each other. Witnesses told police that the suspects left the park on foot immediately after the shooting. Fifth District officers, who were already on their way to the playground to break up the crowd after learning of the event, arrived immediately after the shooting occurred.
Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified 32-year-old Joseph "Moe" Allen as one of the suspects involved in the shooting. Once he is apprehended, Allen will be charged with 17 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder.
A photo of Allen is below:
Police believe several other suspects were involved in the incident and continue to ask the public to come forward with any information that will lead to the identification and arrest of the remaining shooters.
"We are working quickly and aggressively to track down everyone involved in this senseless shooting," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "This is just the beginning, and we will not rest until we take every suspect involved off of our streets."
Fifth District Detectives are in charge of the on-going investigation and can be contacted at 658-6050.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $5,000 for the information leading to the arrest. You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org