The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has arrested a suspect in the Mother’s Day parade shooting that left 19 people wounded.
Late Wednesday night, Akein Scott, 19, was taken into custody in the Little Woods area of eastern New Orleans according to department spokeswoman Remi Braden. Further details should be available later this morning.
There were as many as 400 people at the annual event, including officers that were intermingled in the crowd. The parade route was not far from the French Quarter; the shooting happened 1.5 miles from the heart of the famous neighborhood.
Among the wounded were two 10-year-old children.
Video surveying the area caught pictures of the shooter; it was a chaotic scene as people tried to get away from the gunman. Shots rang out, people fell to the ground, but police were able to get a good picture of a young man in a white T-shirt and dark pants turning and running out of the frame.
At the time of Scott’s arrest, there was a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest from Crimestoppers. Although NOPD officials have said there were numerous identifications naming the teen as the shooter, they are not yet saying how the arrest occurred.
Prior to his capture, Scott had other outstanding charges that were unrelated to the Mother’s Day incident; he was out on a $15,000 bond from resisting an officer, illegally carrying a weapon, contraband, heroin possession, and having a stolen weapon. Scott was being prosecuted by the district attorney for illegally carrying a weapon and heroin.
Scott was scheduled for a hearing on those prior charges later on today; it is not known whether he will attend that hearing or if it will be postponed.
Scott, who had been on the run for three days before being captured, is charged with 20 counts of second-degree attempted murder.
By Dawn Cranfield
Senior Correspondent / Product Specialist