Court Papers: Witness ID’d Man in Playground Shooting

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Court papers: Witness ID’d man in playground shooting.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A witness’s statement and photo identification led to the arrest of a man accused in a playground shootout that wounded 17 people, court papers show. Allen who was arrested in connection with a shooting at a New Orleans park that left 17 injured. (Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office) Joseph “Moe” Allen, 32, was taken into custody after turning himself in Saturday, according to WVUE. 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.

Allen’s mother, Deborah Allen, told NOLA.com ‘ The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/21p5wfj) Sunday night that her son was in Texas the night of the gunfight. 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.

Allen was paroled in January from an Orleans Parish jail where he was serving time for possessing heroin and stolen goods, Louisiana corrections spokeswoman Pam Laborde said in an email to The Associated Press. 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 judge who sentenced Allen to eight years on the heroin charge in February 2012 recommended him 15 months later for rehabilitation, education and work release programs, online court records show. 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.

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