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NOPD names 3 more suspects in Bunny Friend shooting

Wilfred "Lil Wilfred" Celestine Wilfred "Lil Wilfred" Celestine
Eddie Copelin Eddie Copelin
Malik "Leaky" Johnson Malik "Leaky" Johnson

Police identified three more suspects they say were "directly involved" in the shooting that injured 17 people.

According to NOPD, 20-year-old Eddie "Eazy" Copelin, 19-year-old Wilfred "Lil Wilfred" Celestine and 17-year-old Malik "Leaky" Johnson are all wanted for 17 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder in connection with the Nov. 22 shooting.

Celestine is the only suspect out of the three named Sunday morning not in police custody. Johnson is already in police custody after being arrested Nov. 24 for Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm. He will be rebooked with the additional charges. NOPD detectives located and arrested Copelin last night. He has been booked for 17 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder.

The shooting occurred Nov. 22 at Bunny Friend Playground in the 1900 block of Gallier Street. Police say several hundred people were at the playground for a block party and impromptu music video filming when at least two groups of people started shooting at each other. 

NOPD has identified eight suspects in the Bunny Friend Playground shooting so far. The first suspect named, 32-year-old Joseph "Moe" Allen, turned himself in to police on Nov. 28. He refused to provide a statement to detectives and remains in custody, according to NOPD. On Dec. 3 police named four more suspects in the shooting. Quendrick "C4" Bailey and Michael "Mack" Allen remain at-large. Lawrence "L" Veals and Rashad "KMG EZZY" Walker both turned themselves in to police less than 24 hours after they were announced as suspects.

In total, police have five suspects in custody and are searching for three more. Police believe more people were involved in the shooting and several other suspects may be named according to NOPD.

Crimestoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any suspect in the case.

Crimestoppers GNO President Darlene Cuzanza said the cash could end up split among multiple tipsters, but that's still a lot of money.

"It's right before Christmas, it's a great way to make some quick cash if you have that information," Cusanza said. "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."

Anyone with information on the shooting or suspects listed above can reach Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.

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