The suspects arrested Thursday in connection with Sunday night’s double homicide in the Lower 9th Ward will remain in jail for the foreseeable future after they were denied bail on the most serious counts.
Blair Taylor, 20, and Jeffery Rivers, 25, were identified through Crimestoppers tips and were arrested Thursday morning in New Orleans East.
Police allege Taylor fired the shots that fatally wounded 16-year-old Jasmine Anderson and 33-year-old Terrance McBride, who police have said was the intended target, and injured five others, including two young boys.
Taylor was booked with two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted first-degree murder.
A magistrate commissioner set bail at $5,050,000 for the attempted first-degree murder counts and a count of possessing stolen things but denied Taylor bail on the two counts of first-degree murder.
Rivers was booked with two counts of being a principal to first-degree murder and five counts of being a principal to attempted first-degree murder.
His bail was set at $5 million on the principal to attempted first-degree murder counts but was denied bail on the principal to first-degree murder counts.
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said Thursday that investigators believe Rivers supplied the getaway car and the gun used during the shooting but that they are not certain whether he was with Taylor during the shooting.
Besides killing Anderson and McBride, the gunfire wounded 2-year-old Jamal Riley, 4-year-old Kyle Romain and their mother, Alaina Romain. All three remain hospitalized.
The boys’ 13-year-old sister also was struck, as was a 37-year-old woman. They have been released from the hospital.
According to an application for an arrest warrant filed at Criminal District Court, Rivers confessed during an interview with detectives that he gave Taylor a stolen vehicle and the gun that was used during the drive-by shooting.
The shooting happened a little after 8 p.m. Sunday in the 5400 block of Burgundy Street.
Neighbors said the next day that they saw a Honda circle the block a number of times before the shooting.
Serpas said detectives believe McBride, who was arrested in January on charges including possession of a firearm or weapon by a felon and distribution of heroin, might have sold drugs at the house where the shooting happened.
He had a gun on him when he was shot, police have said.
During the course of the investigation, detectives began to search for a stolen Chevrolet SUV that State Police spotted Thursday morning in New Orleans East near Chef Menteur Highway and Alcee Fortier Boulevard.
Taylor was behind the wheel and led police on a brief chase that ended in his arrest, according to court documents.
Rivers was found hiding at Taylor’s apartment and was arrested without incident, Serpas said.
After obtaining an arrest warrant to search the apartment, investigators found a gun that was linked to the shooting through ballistics testing, Serpas said.
A stolen Honda Accord believed to be the car used during the shooting also was found at the apartment and was seized.
Investigators continue to search for anyone else who might be involved with the case, Serpas said, suggesting that at least one more arrest could be forthcoming.
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