NEW ORLEANS — A fifth person has been arrested by the New Orleans Police Department for harboring one of the two men investigators allege fired into a crowd during the Mother’s Day second line shooting. The arrest is the seventh in connection with the mass shooting.
The NOPD said Friday afternoon that Monique Pepe, 19, allowed second shooter Shawn Scott to hide out at her house.
She joins four others arrested and charged with accessory after the fact of attempted second-degree murder. Pepe also is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of heroin and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
The announcement comes hours after the NOPD said Scott, 24, fired into the crowd at the Original Big 7 second line from the opposite side of the street of his brother, 19-year-old Akein Scott.
The Scott brothers are facing 20 counts each of attempted second-degree murder after 20 people were injured during the brazen attack. Three remain in the hospital, including one in critical condition.
Akein Scott was captured late Wednesday night in the Little Woods neighborhood of New Orleans East.
Shawn Scott was arrested Thursday morning. When New Orleans Police Department SWAT team members caught up with him at a New Orleans East apartment, they found heroin and cocaine, Superintendent Ronal Serpas said.
As the older Scott was being walked by police to lockup, he told reporters he and his brother were innocent.
Police, however, believe otherwise.
“There’s no question that we believe the Scott brothers came here with a purpose and with a plan and acted cowardly,” Serpas said. “There were people that we are sure they were trying to hurt.
Police said the brothers belong to the Frenchmen and Derbigny Boys gang and sources said the Mother’s Day shooting may be part of a series of recent retaliatory strikes.