NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The man accused of opening fire at a packed bus stop made his first court appearance Tuesday. Bond was set at $865,000 for 27-year-old Samuel Ash.
Ash was arrested on Monday afternoon. The shooting happened around 4: 30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of South Broad St. and Washington Ave.
Three teens were shot at the scene. A 16-year-old boy is in critical condition. A 17-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl are listed as stable, according to police. Family members say the students attend Cohen High School and were just waiting for the bus.
The shooting happened after an argument about cigarettes, according to one of the victim's grandmother.
According to witnesses, Ash walked into Cajun Seafood and ordered a shrimp plate. Moments later, he walked to a parked white Hyundai SUV to put his food inside. Ash then walked back to the bus stop and immediately started firing gunshots into the crowd, police say.
Video surveillance obtained by police shows Ash fire into a crowd, police say. As one juvenile fell to the ground, officers say that the suspect continued to shoot at the victim.
A police unit patrolling near the scene heard the gunshots. As officers arrived at the scene, Ash led police on a brief car chase that ended at the corner of South Miro Street and Tulane Ave. where Ash crashed his SUV into a building.
Police say they found a gun and marijuana in the suspect's SUV.
Following the shooting, CEO of New Orleans College Prep Ben Kleban released a statement on the incident. College Prep is charter organization that operates Cohen College Prep.
"We are all affected by this terrible act of senseless violence, and we are grateful to hear that all three students are recovering well.
We have a crisis team at the school today to support our students as they deal with the grief and trauma of this event.
We will continue to do everything in our power to love and support our students and their families during this difficult time, and as we walk with them toward their education and life goals."