Woman arrested in N.O. drive-by
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police have arrested a 25-year-old woman after a recorded jailhouse phone call caught her discussing the “hammer” with a suspect in last week’s mass shooting that left two dead.
Court documents show the conversation occurred about 1:40 p.m. Aug. 14, the same day Blair Taylor, 23, was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Ashley Shorts was on the phone with Taylor, her boyfriend, discussing what happened to the “hammer” — street slang for a gun — that was used in the shootings.
“Is the hammer still in the kitchen?” Taylor asked Shorts.
“No,” she replied.
“Where it at? You brought it somewhere?” Taylor asked.
“No, I ain’t had a chance,” she said.
“Where it at?” Taylor asked again.
“They got it,” Shorts said, apparently referring to police.
“Ahh, man,” Taylor said before ending the call.
Shorts was booked Monday with one count of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice. Bond was set at $20,000 but she was being held Wednesday on an outstanding warrant from Gretna for traffic violations. It was unknown if she has an attorney.
That call happened about the same time then-Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas announced Taylor’s arrest and said that the murder weapon had been recovered and ballistically-connected to the shooting that killed 16-year-old Jasmine Anderson, 33-year-old Terrance McBride and wounded five others, included two brothers, ages 2 and 4.
The boys remain hospitalized while their mother, who also was shot, has been released.
Police have said McBride was the intended target and that the shooting stemmed from a heroin-related feud.
According to an application for an arrest warrant, police found the Smith & Wesson 9mm gun hidden above a set of cabinets in the kitchen of an apartment where Taylor and Jeffery Rivers were arrested.
Rivers, 25, is suspected of supplying Taylor with the car and gun used during the shooting. He was booked with two counts of being a principal to first-degree murder and five counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder.
Police arrested a second suspected gunman, 23-year-old Joseph Nelson, after a witness identified him as one of the shooters after viewing a photographic lineup.
All four suspects remained jailed Wednesday, according to court documents.
Taylor, Nelson and Rivers each have had bail denied on the murder counts.