Central City quintuple shooting suspect turns himself in

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One of the three alleged gunmen suspected of opening fire on a child's birthday party — killing two people and injuring three — in Central City yesterday turned himself into police today.

The shooting on the 1200 block of Simon C. Bolivar left two people dead, including a five-year-old girl. A 33-year-old woman, who was caught in the crossfire while driving nearby, also died.

The suspect, 18-year-old Leo Riles, was booked with two counts of first degree murder after turning himself into the New Orleans Police Department's 6th District station this morning, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said at a press conference today.

Police have not identified the two other shooters believed to have been involved and, as of this writing, have no suspects.

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Three other people — a ten-year-old boy, and two men ages 19 and 25 — were injured in the shooting. The boy was released from the hospital this morning. Police have not released the names of the victims.

The 19 and 25-year-old men, who police believe were the intended targets of the shooters, have thus far been "less than cooperative" with investigators, Serpas said, even though, he added, they are cousins of the 10-year-old boy whose birthday the family had gathered to celebrate.

"We ask them to search their souls" and help police identify the remaining suspects, he said.

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