An Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday indicted four men in an August drive-by shooting that claimed two lives and injured five other people in the Lower 9th Ward.
The 11-count indictment names three previously booked men — Blair Taylor, Joseph Nelson and Michael Finnie — in the murders of 16-year-old Jasmine Anderson and 33-year-old Terrance McBride.
Finnie, 34, Taylor, 21, and Nelson, 24, also are accused of five counts of attempted second-degree murder in the 11-count indictment stemming from the Aug. 10 melee.
Police have said McBride was the intended target in the mass shooting.
Witnesses said a Honda began circling the 5400 block of Burgundy Street just before 8 p.m. A man — allegedly Taylor — then hopped out and started shooting without any apparent regard for bystanders, including small children playing on a porch.
Among the wounded were 2-year-old Jamal Riley, 4-year-old Kyle Romain, their mother Alaina Romain, their 13-year-old sister and a 37-year-old woman.
Witnesses described bystanders running, ducking and diving to try to dodge the bullets.
Taylor, Nelson and 26-year-old Jeffery Rivers are accused of two counts each of obstruction of justice, while Taylor and Rivers are named in a count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Rivers alone is accused of being an accessory after the fact to the two murders.
Police suspect Finnie was the getaway driver, while they say Rivers supplied the getaway car and the gun used in the shooting.
Taylor and Rivers were identified through Crimestoppers tips, police say.
Since landing in jail four days after the shooting, Taylor’s name has cropped up in connection with the suspect in another high-profile shooting, as an alleged victim of a fight with suspected Bourbon Street shooter Trung Le.
Le, one of the suspected shooters in the June 29 early morning melee that injured nine and killed a Hammond woman on Bourbon Street, now also faces a battery count for his alleged jailhouse run-in with Taylor.
According to a Sheriff’s Office report, Le punched fellow inmate Taylor in the head numerous times on Sept. 30.
Le’s attorney, Martin Regan, has called the allegation a farce, saying Le has been taunted and harassed while in jail awaiting trial. Taylor, for his part, was arrested for a jail fight on his first day in Orleans Parish Prison, but the charge was later refused.
Criminal District Court Judge Darryl Derbigny set bail at $5.25 million for Taylor, $5 million for Nelson, $4.5 million for Finnie and $900,000 for Rivers.
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