Last named Bunny Friend shooting suspect in custody

Published: Dec. 14, 2015 at 10:25 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2015 at 10:47 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The last of the named Bunny Friend park shooting suspects turned himself in to police Sunday night.

Shawn "Shooter" Ruffin appeared before the magistrate judge Monday afternoon, but his bond was not set. It was determined during the course of his first appearance that part of the warrant against Ruffin was not copied over for the court. The judge was forced to reschedule.

Court documents reveal "a witness observed a verbal altercation between two group when they pulled out guns" on Nov. 22 at Bunny Friend Playground. Seventeen people were shot, including a 10-year-old boy.

"There are certain gangs around Bunny Friend park, said NOPD Commander Chris Goodly. "There's the KMG gang, Killa Mafia Gang, the Killa Squad Gang, and there's the Park Boyz in the Lower Ninth Ward." .

One of the suspects, Rashad Walker, goes by the street name is KMG EZZY. He's in jail on a $170,000 bond. According to his arrest warrant, "a witness identified Walker as the subject seated in a wheelchair inside Bunny Friend Playground and firing a semi-automatic handgun into the crowd."

Another suspect, Malik Johnson, was arrested the night after the shooting at the park, but for a separate charge. Johnson was picked up for possession of a stolen firearm near the scene of another shooting that left one man wounded.

Suspect Quendrick Bailey, was also arrested just two days after the shooting, but on drug charges and simple escape. He was released on a $10,000 bond and then re-arrested for the Bunny Friend Playground shooting last week.

"I think, up to this point, based merely on what we know, the lead detective in this case has done a less than standard job," said attorney John Fuller, who represents suspect Michael Allen.

Fuller claims Allen is innocent, and he said Allen wasn't near Bunny Friend Playground that evening.

"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, and we're in the process now of getting our hands on the surveillance footage," he said.

Fuller said he intends to prove his client's innocence in the coming weeks. If that happens, he'll be the second suspect to use surveillance video to exonerate himself in this case. Joseph Allen was released last week.

Meanwhile, the NOPD said this case is still an open investigation.

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