NOPD arrests suspect in Mother's Day shooting

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Posted on May 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 6:06 AM

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NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Police Department has arrested 19-year-old Akein Scott in connection with the shooting of 19 people on Mother's Day, according to sources.

Police charged Scott with 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Sources say Scott was apprehended in the Little Woods area of New Orleans East. Police haven't released details on how they arrested him.

Scott had been on the run for the three days since the shooting.

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said on Monday they had "multiple identifications" of Scott as the shooter. Serpas said his department received a "tremendous" amount of tips from Crimestoppers. There had been a $10,000 reward for information leading to Scott's arrest.

Surveillance video captured the shooting. There was a chaotic rush away from the gunman after shots rang out, and in all 10 men, seven women, a boy and a girl were shot. The children, both 10 years old, suffered graze wounds. No one died in the shooting.

Scott was out on a $15,000 bond at the time of the shooting. He had been facing multiple charges: resisting an officer, contraband, illegally carrying a weapon, heroin possession and having a stolen weapon. The district attorney was prosecuting him for illegally carrying a weapon and heroin.

A second line parade is a regular cultural celebration in New Orleans where a large throng of people march down the city's streets. Unlike the city's storied Mardi Gras parades, there are no floats. Brass bands usually march side-by-side with the second-liners.

The organizers of the Mother's Day second line, the Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club, have already scheduled a "re-do" of the parade. That's scheduled for June 1, and it'll march down the same route.

Exclusive video of Akein Scott refusing to speak as he's taken to OPP

Raw video of Akein Scott being taken into OPP.

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