NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Bunny Friend Playground shooting suspect Michael Allen turned himself in to police Wednesday - the same day all charges were refused against Joseph Allen. While there's no relationship between the two, Michael Allen's attorney said his client is also innocent.
"I know there's pressure to make an arrest in a high-profile case that was given national exposure, but there should also be pressure to make an arrest of the right person - not innocent people," attorney John Fuller said.
Michael Allen is being held on a $1.7 million bond. He's booked with 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder. Police say Allen opened fire inside Bunny Friend Playground on Nov. 22, injuring 17 people - including a 10-year-old boy.
Allen's attorney said his client was not in the park that night, and he's hoping video surveillance will prove it.
"I have detailed records of all the activities that Michael was engaged in on that day, including going to a daiquiri shop and a gas station. We're in the mix now of getting our hands on the surveillance footage to establish his presence at those locations," Fuller said.
Fuller said he also has several witnesses who will testify to being with Allen on the night of the shooting.
So far, six suspects are in custody and three others are at large, including Quendrick Bailey, also known as "C4." Bailey was arrested just two days after the shooting, but not for the Bunny Friend incident. Court documents show officers stopped Bailey for traffic violations on Nov. 24 at 10:50 a.m.
The officer who stopped him learned that Bailey had two outstanding warrants out of Jefferson Parish for theft and aggravated flight from an officer. While searching Bailey's pockets, court documents indicate the officer found pills: "The officer later learned that eight white pills were Tramadol, a Schedule IV controlled dangerous substance."
The officer handcuffed Bailey an placed him in the back seat of his police cruiser. Minutes later, documents say "the officer observed that the subject freed his left hand from the handcuffs. The subject then placed his right hand outside of the rear right passenger window in an attempt to open the door."
The officer quickly jumped in and handcuffed Bailey again. Police booked him with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and attempted escape. The judge set bond at $10,000, and Bailey bonded out the next day.
On Dec. 6, the NOPD named Bailey as a suspect in the mass shooting at Bunny Friend.