NOPD: Mother's Day shooting suspects part of dangerous drug gang

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Posted on May 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 7:47 PM

Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
Email: pmurphy@wwltv.com | Twitter: @pmurphywwl

NEW ORLEANS -- Police raided a house in the 7500 block of Kingsport Boulevard in the Little Woods neighborhood in eastern New Orleans and found the city's most wanted.

Wednesday, they finally caught up with 19-year-old Akein Scott four days after police say he shot into a Mother's Day second line parade in the 7th Ward, injuring 20 people.

"I don't know what to say," said Walter Taylor, who lives next door to the house where Scott was arrested. "I'm stunned."

Two of Taylor's nieces were in the home at the time of Scott's arrest. They are among four suspects now charged with accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder and obstruction of justice by harboring a fugitive.

"I haven't questioned them about how they know the man, the young man or what," said Taylor. "But, all I know is I know them. I have never seen that young man, no more than on the news. I never saw him here."

During an afternoon news conference at North Villere and Frenchmen streets, the scene of the shooting, Mayor Mitch Landrieu had some harsh words for those who may have helped hide Akein Scott.

"Harboring a known criminal is a serious offense and these individuals will pay a price," said Landrieu. "They will pay because the people of this city have said enough is enough and we will not tolerate it anymore."

Police say Taylor's nieces -- Bionca Hickerson, 22 and Nekia Youngblood, 32 -- along with Justin Alexander,19 and Brandy George, 28, knew Akein Scott was wanted for Sunday's shooting and provided him aid and comfort.

According to investigators, Scott and his brother Shawn, 24, belong to the notorious drug gang known as the Frenchmen and Derbigny Boys.

According to sources, the Mother's Day shooting may be part of a series of recent retaliatory attacks including last week's double shooting on Interstate-10 near Metairie Road and the May 6 triple shooting at Frenchmen Street and North Claiborne Avenue.

7th ward neighbors are relieved the Scott brothers, both with long criminal histories, are back in jail.

"I think people like that shouldn't even be on the street," said Cordella Oliver. "Why they let them out?"

"My little cousin, she got shot in her back," said Emma Alphonse. "My other little cousin, he got shot in his jaw. I just pray the Lord he is gone. Him and his brother, whoever."

Police say there were people in the second line the Scott brothers wanted to hurt, but they wouldn't reveal who the intended targets were or if they were among the 20 injured during the Mother's Day shooting.

"These young men are engaged in a criminal lifestyle by choice and, as a result, we will link them to many other crimes we believe," said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

Shawn Scott denied the allegations against him and his brother as police walked him out of the NOPD's 5th District Headquarters. (See video)
 

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