NEW ORLEANS – NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas says that a suspect has turned himself in to police in connection with the birthday party shooting that left two people dead and three others injured.
Serpas identified the suspect as 18-year-old Leo Riles. He said Riles would be charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
He said he is asking the public for help in identifying the other two shooters, who are also wanted for first-degree murder. Click here to see surveillance video of the suspects fleeing the scene.
He said that two of the shooting victims – a 25-year-old man and 19-year-old man - in that Central City shooting are not cooperating with police. Serpas said he believes those men were the targets.
“Help us solve this horrific crime,” Serpas asked the public during an afternoon press conference.
The 10-year-old boy hit while celebrating his birthday has been released from the hospital.
Serpas also spoke out on young teens arrested in a separate murder on Baudin Street. A 15-year-old and a 13-year-old have been captured in that case.
Serpas said the 13-year-old was wearing an ankle bracelet when he shot a man in an armed robbery. He said the teen has a long history of violence, but could not release specifics on his record or identity because he is a juvenile.
Serpas said the quick arrests point to positive changes in the police department.
"It’s been two years that we’ve been rebuilding the NOPD, the homicide unit, the intelligence unit, and the crime lab," Serpas said, "and out of the tragedy on Simon Bolivar yesterday, we do get to see the glimmer of hope of a police department that is beginning to hit on all cylinders."
Serpas said the department doesn't believe any of the shootings in the last 24 hours are related.
If you know anything that can help investigators with this case, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.