New Orleans’ mass shooter turns himself in: $1.7M bond set

The man suspected of a mass shooting at a New Orleans block party that injured 17 turned himself in on Saturday and is being held on $1.7 million bond.

The suspected shooter was booked with 17 counts of attempted murder in the November 22 shooting at Bunny Friend Playground in the city’s Ninth Ward.

Records show 32-year-old Joseph ‘Moe’ Allen’s bond was set on Sunday in New Orleans Magistrate Court.

Allen is also being held without bond on an otherwise unspecified out-of-state warrant, records show. A preliminary hearing is scheduled December 8.

The suspect, whose criminal record includes convictions for possessing narcotics and gun crimes, was identified by a single witness despite the presence of hundreds of people, NOLA.com reported.

‘We will find you,’ New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu vowed after the shooting, which happened as hundreds of people – possibly as many as 500 – gathered at the Bunny Friend Playground in what police described as a block party.

A music video was also being filmed at the playground at the time of the shooting. Police said neither event had a permit.

Two groups of people opened fire at each other in the crowded park, sending people scrambling for their lives and leaving behind cell phones and other personal items, according to police.

The gunmen also fled on foot.

No one was killed but 17 people were wounded.

Bunny Friend Playground (above) in the Ninth Ward was packed with hundreds of people when two groups began shooting at each other on Nov. 22

Police would not reveal any motive for the shooting.

Multiple groups or gangs were probably involved, police believe.

‘He has a criminal background and there are ties to more than one organization,’ NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said of Allen after the shooting.

Police spokesman Tyler Gamble said Allen turned himself in Saturday, a day after being identified as a suspect.

Defense attorney Kevin Boshea didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Police said they believe several others were involved in the shooting and are seeking any information people might have.

Source: The DailyMail

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