Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Jan. 9) secured an indictment charging two juveniles with attempting to murder three teen victims shot last November at a church fair in New Orleans East.
Joquan Clark, 17 and pictured above, and 15-year-old Ivan Wright (photo unavailable) each was charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Each count is punishable by a prison term of 10 to 50 years upon conviction.
Criminal District Judge Karen Herman set bond at $150,000 for each defendant after the indictment was read.
New Orleans police said they responded to a chaotic scene in the parking lot of the City Church of New Orleans, at 13123 I-10 Service Road, after reports of shots fired at the festival around 9:20 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2019. Emergency personnel found three shooting victims at the scene: A 14-year-old boy struck in the right thigh, a 15-year-old girl shot in her left side, and a 16-year-old boy wounded in the right leg. Each was rushed to hospital treatment and survived the injuries.
Witness accounts, surveillance video and a social media post bragging about the gunplay helped detectives quickly identify the suspected shooters. Police believe one of the victims was the intended target, and that the arrested assailants had targeted the same teen in an earlier aggravated assault incident about four months earlier.
Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Serpas presented the case to the grand jury.
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