Published On: Wed, Dec 9th, 2015

Joseph ‘Moe’ Allen not charged in Bunny Friend Park mass shooting

Joseph “Moe” Allen’s mother blew him a kiss, walked out of court with a big smile Tuesday, moments after an Orleans Parish assistant district attorney announced that the office was refusing all 17 counts of attempted murder filed against her son by New Orleans police in relation to the Bunny Friend Park mass shooting.

A new video places “Moe” Allen in Texas and not at the shooting in the park.

“Thank you, thank you, Jesus!” Deborah Allen said, as chronicled by the New Orleans Advocate. “I told you.” His mother told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune that he was with his pregnant wife shopping for baby clothes in Texas Nov. 22.

Allen, 32, was the first suspect New Orleans police arrested in connection with the Nov. 22 mass shooting in Bunny Friend Park.

"Moe" Allen

“Moe” Allen

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said that Allen’s Nov. 28 arrest that he was just the “first shoe to drop” in relationship to the shooting of 17 people, including a 10-year-old, all who were wounded in the shooting in the park, though none fatally.

Five suspects besides Allen have been arrested; two remain at large.

Police said Tuesday night that another suspect, 29-year-old Michael “Mack” Allen, has surrendered himself – they are not related.

Michael Allen, too, maintains his innocence.

His attorney, John Fuller, said his client was elsewhere in the city with his family at the time of the shooting and that he is willing to take a polygraph test to verify his claim.

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said in a statement that police identified Allen as a suspect based on testimony from one witness and later obtained an arrest warrant.

“After the arrest, we continued to investigate Allen’s statement about his whereabouts during the shooting which we have now been able to confirm. As a result, Mr. Allen has been cleared in this investigation,” Harrison’s statement said.

District Attorney’s Office spokesman Chris Bowman declined to comment on the office’s decision not to file charges against him, but Allen’s relatives and attorneys said prosecutors had rightfully bowed to the video evidence.

There was no way Allen could have been in Texas and in the Upper 9th Ward at the same time, defense lawyer Kevin Boshea said, “unless he’s Han Solo and he’s flying the Millennium Falcon.”

Boshea said he and his staff, along with an investigator from Houston, worked more than five days to gather the evidence proving Allen’s innocence.

“We all want to get the persons responsible,” he said. “The important thing is to get the right person.”

New Orleans police have identified seven additional suspects in the park shooting. Three of those suspects remain at large.

Harrison’s statement said police “have a strong case against the four other suspects in custody and the remaining wanted suspects.”

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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