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NOPD Makes Two Arrests in Recent Hollygrove Double Shooting

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Shannon Cooks (left) and Cornell Williams

(from the New Orleans Police Department) – New Orleans Police Detectives arrested two men they believe shot a 31-year-old mother and her 7-year-old daughter as they walked on Palmetto Street near Airline Highway. The incident happened Wednesday around 4pm, in Hollygrove.

The victims were walking on Palmetto Street heading towards Hollygrove Street when three gunmen approached and opened fire on them. The 31-year-old female victim was shot in the stomach and both legs while her 7-year-old daughter was shot once in the cheek. Both victims were transported to the hospital by EMS. Detective Baldwin believes the men were shooting at an unidentified male who was walking with the victims. The unidentified male was not injured in the shooting. Both victims remain hospitalized in stable condition.

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Kendal Marcelin

Late Thursday evening Detective Jerry Baldwin received a tip from a concerned citizen which led him to 19-year-old Cornell Williams and 18-year-old Shannon Cooks. Williams’ mother walked him into the Second District Police Station and Cooks was picked up at his residence in the 8700 block of Apricot Street, by the U.S. Marshals. Both men confessed to Detective Baldwin their involvement in the shooting.  Detective Baldwin was able to develop a third shooter 19-year-old Kendal Marcelin who remains at large.

Both Williams and Cooks were booked into Central Lockup charged with two counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault. Detective Baldwin issued a warrant for the arrest of Kendal Marcelin. Once apprehended he will be charged with two counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault.

Kendal Marcelin has been previously arrested for Murder, Possession of Narcotics and Armed Robbery.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kendal Marcelin is urged to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or contact the NOPD by calling 911. Marcelin is to be considered armed and dangerous.