Fifteen people, identified as members of the 110'ers gang, have been indicted on state charges linked to 15 murders, including the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl, in a case that New Orleans authorities tout as the broadest of its kind in the city's history.
The 51-count indictment unveiled Thursday by Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro includes charges of racketeering, second-degree murder and perjury.
Investigators arrested several suspects early Thursday, but two of the 15 defendants remained at large.
The investigation of the 110’ers gang, which appears to be an umbrella organization of several smaller neighborhood gangs, began late in the summer of 2012. The investigation, which was a cooperative effort between the DA’s office and the NOPD homicide unit, grew out of investigations of several isolated incidents of violent crime in the 10th and 11th wards.
One of the defendants, Tyron Harden, was arrested last month on charges stemming from a May 2012 shooting at a birthday party that killed 5-year-old Brianna Allen and 33-year-old Shawanna Pierce.
Cannizzaro said the indictment is the product of a yearlong probe by a multi-agency gang unit.
“The people of New Orleans are witnessing a rebirth of their criminal justice system. The level of cooperation between law enforcement agencies – local, state, and federal – is unprecedented," the district attorney said.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who joined the D.A. and the Police Superintendent at a news conference to announce the indictments, said, “The cooperation of federal, state and local law enforcement in this Gang Unit is going to improve our ability to hold these gangs and groups accountable. The rules have changed.”