Crimestoppers tips lead police to possible Bunny Friend suspect location

Crimestoppers tips lead police to possible Bunny Friend suspect location
Quendrick Bailey, 20 & Michael Allen, 29 are still wanted by the NOPD (Source: NOPD)
Quendrick Bailey, 20 & Michael Allen, 29 are still wanted by the NOPD (Source: NOPD)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Three men accused of shooting 17 people at the Bunny Friend Playground in November have turned themselves into police.

The latest, Rashad Walker, 22, showed up to the 5th District Station Saturday morning, hours after his picture was released alongside three other men accused of opening fire on a group of hundreds at the playground last month.

Friday evening, Lawrence Veals, 19, turned himself in at NOPD headquarters and Joseph Allen turned himself in last week, both were charged with 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Police are still searching for two more men, Quendrick Bailey, 20, and Michael Allen, 29, are both accused in the shooting.

Darlene Cusanza, the President of Crimestoppers Greater New Orleans, said tips received Friday night after the four names were released helped police continue their investigation.

"We won't say on which suspect, but we actually had someone give us a possible location. We did dispatch law enforcement to that location. So, I'm not sure if any of that played into the fact that these individuals turned themselves in, but I think the good news is they are turning themselves in and people are seeing an immediate response," Cusanza said.

Cusanza said tips and photos received after the shooting helped police develop the five suspects currently named, but police are not ruling out the potential for more suspects.

"We've gotten pictures, we haven't gotten videos so what we're asking for is any information, but yes other people have responded, they responded early on, they're responding now and again, law enforcement is there working every lead," Cusanza said.

Crimestoppers boosted the reward for information to $10,000 in hopes of enticing more people with tips to contact the program. It's also asking anyone with pictures from that evening to send those in to help police link potential suspects to the playground during the time of the shooting.

"We want to send a strong message that we are coming after you, we made a promise telling you that we were going to get you, and here we are telling you we got you," New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said.

A new Crimestoppers policy pays tipsters half the reward following an arrest, not just a conviction.

"You may have multiple tipsters that earn this reward, so it could be split among multiple callers, but either way it's cash, either way it's right before Christmas, a great way to make some quick cash if you have that information, but more importantly, this is the right thing to do, you need to step forward and say we all need to have justice in this," Cusanza said.

If you have information about the shooting or know the location of Michael Allen or Quendrick Bailey contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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