Two arrested, one sought in shooting that injured girl and mother

Police still searching for third suspect

Photo provided by Darren Williams -- A woman holds the face of a 7-year-old girl while a man comforts a woman shot in the abdomen on the ground after they were shot on Airline Hwy. and Palmetto St. in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.
Photo provided by Darren Williams -- A woman holds the face of a 7-year-old girl while a man comforts a woman shot in the abdomen on the ground after they were shot on Airline Hwy. and Palmetto St. in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.

Two men suspected of shooting and wounding a 7-year-old girl and her 31-year-old mother as they walked in Hollygrove on Wednesday have been arrested. Meanwhile, police continued to search Friday for a third suspect in the shooting that happened in rush-hour traffic on Airline Highway.

The apparent target was a man who was not injured.

Cornell Williams, 19, was booked with two counts of attempted second-degree murder and a count of aggravated assault with a firearm, according to court records. Shannon Cooks, 18, was booked with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, simple robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm.

A warrant has been issued for the third suspect, Kendal Marcelin, 19, for two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault, said officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.

Bullets flew about 4 p.m. Wednesday near Palmetto Street and Airline Highway. The victims were walking on Palmetto toward Hollygrove Street with a man when three gunmen walked up and began to shoot, police said.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said after the shooting that it possibly stemmed from an earlier argument.

Police said they believe the man with whom the victims were walking was the intended target. That man, who has not been identified, was not injured.

The 7-year-old girl was struck once in the cheek, police said. Her mother was shot in the stomach and both legs. The two remained hospitalized Friday in stable condition.

A tip to detective Jerry Baldwin led him to identify Williams and Cooks as suspects, police said.

Williams’ mother took him to the 2nd District station in Uptown. U.S. marshals picked up Cooks at his home in the 8700 block of Apricot Street.

Both men confessed their involvement in the shooting, Robertson said.

Williams’ bail was set at $1 million, according to court records. Cooks’ bail was set at $1.3 million.

Marcelin has previous arrests for murder, possession of narcotics and armed robbery, Robertson said.

Marcelin was arrested in April 2012 for the murder of a 15-year-old youth in Algiers. He was in jail for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute when police connected him to Noland Stansberry’s slaying.

Anyone with information on Marcelin’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or the Police Department at 911.

He should be considered armed and dangerous, Robertson said.