Family charged in Mardi Gras Day shooting investigation

Family charged in Mardi Gras Day shooting investigation

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department has announced three arrests in connection to the shooting incidents along the parade route Mardi Gras Day.

The first incident happened at about 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of Union and Carondelet streets. Police Commander Paul Noel said a fight broke out among a group of people and shots were fired.

A juvenile male was shot in the leg. He was listed in stable condition. A second victim was shot in the head and remains unconscious at an area hospital.

A warrant was issued for Jerald Bordere, 18, of New Orleans East, on Monday in connection to the shooting. 

Jerald, along with his brother Christopher and his mother Tahitian were arrested Monday night in St. Bernard Parish.

Shortly before midnight on Feb. 26, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said, St. Bernard deputies received information from an anonymous source that three individuals who were staying at a Chalmette hotel possibly matched the description of wanted subjects involved in a double shooting in Orleans Parish during a parade on Mardi Gras.?

St. Bernard deputies, working along with the New Orleans Police Department, obtained a search warrant for the room where the three above individuals were staying. Deputies apprehended all three suspects in the room, and recovered two handguns in their possession, one of which was reported stolen out of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.?

Pohlmann credits the tipster for their quick action in informing the Sheriff's Office of the suspects' whereabouts.

Jerald was identified as the shooter in the case and was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, one count of illegal use of a firearm at a parade route, and one count illegal use of a firearm.

Jerald's brother Christopher was charged with principal to second-degree murder and harboring a wanted suspect. Christopher was identified as the third person in a previously released photo of the suspects involved in the Union Street shooting.

Jerald's mother, Tahitian, was also charged with harboring.

All three were charged with possession of a stolen firearm after a search warrant of the hotel room uncovered two guns, one that was reported as stolen from Jefferson Parish.

Kentrell Howard, 17, surrendered to police last week and faces two counts of principal to attempted murder in connection to the case. He was the third person identified as a suspect in a previously released an image of three suspects.

A second shooting was reported at about 4:30 p.m. at St. Charles Avenue and Second Street, where another fight broke out and an adult male was shot and later died.

Eddie Dingle Jr. faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the case.

Dingle's family is defending his actions, saying he acted in self-defense.

Surveillance video showed the moments when the shots rang out on St. Charles and 2nd, causing revelers to scatter.

Dingle's father said at the parade one of his sons confronted Maurice Williams about an incident several days prior.

That is when his father said Williams became violent, striking his son. That led Dingle to try and step in when he was then allegedly struck with a pipe wrench.

Dingle's father said that's when his son shot and killed Williams.

Dingle's lawyer said despite being involved in the incident, police have not interviewed them but are still confident his client will be cleared of any wrong doing.

Dingle turned himself into police three days after the shooting.

His bond has set for $250,000.

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