Joseph Allen, 32, is being held on $1.7 million bond

By Tara Fowler
November 30, 2015 01:55 PM
New Orleans Police Dept

A 32-year-old man was charged with 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder over the weekend after he allegedly opened fire on a New Orleans playground on Nov. 22, PEOPLE confirms.

Joseph Allen turned himself into police Saturday after they released his picture to the public and announced the charges against him, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Allen is accused of opening fire on a crowd of several hundred that had gathered at Bunny Friend Playground for an unsanctioned music video shoot. Police said that at least two groups of people began shooting at each other across the playground, injuring 17 individuals who were caught in the crossfire. All of them are expected to recover.

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Allen turned himself in a day after being identified as a suspect on Friday. He is being held on $1.7 million bond. Records obtained by PEOPLE show he is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal history, including various drugs and weapons charges.

Police believe that several others were involved in the shooting and are asking the public to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or 504-658-6050 with any information.

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