NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The state on Tuesday refused charges against the first man to be arrested in the Bunny Friend Playground shooting.
Joseph "Moe" Allen had maintained that he was in Texas at the time of the Nov. 22 shooting in the 1900 block of Gallier Street. His attorneys said they would produce video evidence proving that Allen was shopping with his wife.
He had faced 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Seven additional suspects have been named in the shooting. Four are in custody.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison released the following statement:
"We made a commitment to aggressively work this investigation from the start and leave no stone unturned. Detectives identified Joseph Allen as a suspect based on testimony provided by an eye witness at the scene. Through the course of the investigation, detectives gathered enough evidence to obtain an arrest warrant and make an arrest. After the arrest, we continued to investigate Allen's statement about his whereabouts during the shooting which we have now been able to confirm. As a result, Mr. Allen has been cleared in this investigation.
"We have a strong case against the four other suspects in custody and the remaining wanted suspects. We will continue to follow this investigation wherever it leads us so we can take every individual involved in this violent incident off of our streets."