The two men suspected of opening fire at a Zion City neighborhood street corner earlier this week and wounding a toddler and two teenagers have been arrested.
Matthew Joseph, 23, and Kevin Butler, 20, were booked with three counts each of attempted first-degree murder, according to Orleans Parish jail records.
Joseph was arrested about 2 p.m. Thursday. Butler surrendered to police about 2:40 a.m. Friday, police said.
Police allege the men walked up to South Salcedo and Erato streets a little after 7 p.m. Tuesday and unleashed a volley of gunfire.
Sixth District Police Cmdr. Bob Bardy said Wednesday that investigators believe the suspects were looking for someone who wasn’t even in the area when the gunfire erupted.
Bullets instead struck 3-year-old Na’Tasha “Minnie” Thompson and two teenage boys, ages 15 and 16.
While Minnie and the 15-year-old were both in stable condition, the 16-year-old remained in critical condition Friday, said Officer Hilal Williams, a Police Department spokeswoman.
Shortly after the shooting, Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said detectives were looking for a white pickup.
According to an application for an arrest warrant for Joseph, someone called the 6th District about 1:30 p.m. Thursday and reported seeing the vehicle. Police were dispatched to the truck’s reported location and spoke with the man driving it, identified as Joseph.
Joseph said it was his girlfriend’s truck, but he was taken to the 6th District station for questioning because the truck was similar to the one that was seen fleeing the scene and he matched a description of one of the gunmen.
A witness had identified Joseph as one of the gunmen after viewing a photographic lineup of possible suspects, according to court documents. At the police station, detectives showed Joseph the pictures and he admitted to being one of the shooters, according to the documents.
Police contacted his girlfriend, who owned the getaway truck. She told them that Joseph slept at her New Orleans East apartment and left some of his belongings there. Police went to her apartment and executed a search warrant.
Inside they found clothes that matched what one of the gunmen was described as wearing during the shooting and discovered a Ruger 9mm handgun with an extended clip stuffed under a mattress.
There were 26 live rounds inside the clip, which can hold 30 rounds.
Witnesses had told police that one of the suspects carried a gun with an extended clip.
A magistrate judge set Joseph’s bail at $750,000, according to court records. Butler’s bail was set at $450,000.
Police have not identified a motive in the shooting.
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