One suspect arrested in New Orleans park shooting

Photo shows Joseph S. Allen who was arrested in connection with a shooting at a New Orleans park that left 17 injured.

Photo shows Joseph S. Allen who was arrested in connection with a shooting at a New Orleans park that left 17 injured.  (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)

New Orleans police announced Saturday they have arrested one of the suspects wanted in a park shooting that injured at least 17 people Sunday.

Joseph “Moe” Allen, 32, was taken into custody after turning himself in Saturday, according to WVUE. Detectives named Allen as a suspect Friday and he’s believed to be one of several people involved in the shooting at Bunny Friend Park.

WVUE reported Allen has declined to speak with detectives about the incident and is being booked in jail on 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The shooting took place at around 6 p.m. local time after approximately 500 people had gathered at Bunny Friend Park in the city’s 9th Ward to film a music video, the New Orleans Police Department said in a statement.

Photos of the scene showed emergency workers wheeling some of the wounded to ambulances on gurneys while other people who appeared to be in pain lay on the ground.

Police spokesman Tyler Gamble told the Associated Press that the video was being made without a permit to use the park. He added that police were on their way to break up the crowd when the shooting took place.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters that officers were a block away from the park when they heard the gunshots and were flagged down by passersby.

Witnesses told The Times-Picayune newspaper that the gathering was part of an after-party that followed a neighborhood parade. One said the shooting "sounded like New Year's Eve all over again."

The paper reported that multiple witnesses saw a man with a silver machine gun fleeing the scene, but noted that the shooting continued as the man ran away.

The Times-Picayune reports, citing Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records, Allen is a convicted felon and has previously been charged with home invasion, carjacking, illegal carrying of a weapon and possession of cocaine and heroin.

Harrison said Friday that police are “working quickly and aggressively to track down everyone involved in this senseless shooting” at the park.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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