Suspect arrested in US parade shooting

2013-05-16 15:01
A photo provided by New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas shows 19-year-old Akien Scott. (Bill Haber, AP)

A photo provided by New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas shows 19-year-old Akien Scott. (Bill Haber, AP)

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Mother's Day shooting in New Orleans

2013-05-13 09:51

Gunmen have opened fire on a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, wounding at least 19, including two children.WATCH

New Orleans — Authorities have arrested the suspect wanted in a Mother's Day parade shooting that wounded 19 people in New Orleans, police said.

Akein Scott, aged 19, was arrested on Wednesday night in the Little Woods section of eastern New Orleans, police department spokesperson Remi Braden said. She said no additional details were available and would not be until Thursday morning.

Police previously said Scott had an arrest record involving drug and weapon charges.

Court records show some had been dropped but he was facing a felony charge of illegally carrying a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Scott was scheduled for a court hearing on motions related to that case on Thursday. It was not immediately known whether he would be present for that hearing or whether it would be rescheduled.

Video released on Monday showed a crowd gathered for the Sunday parade suddenly scattering in all directions, with some falling to the ground. They appear to be running from a man in a white T-shirt and dark pants who turns and runs out of the picture. Police said they identified the suspect from the surveillance camera images.

As many as 400 people had come out for the event. Officers were interspersed with the marchers, which is routine for such events. The crime scene was about 2.4km from the heart of the city's French Quarter tourist district.

Two children were among those wounded.

The mass shooting showed again how far the city has to go to shake a persistent culture of violence that belies the city's festive image.

Gun violence has flared at two other city celebrations this year. Five people were wounded in a drive-by shooting in January after a Martin Luther King Jnr Day parade, and four were wounded in a shooting after an argument in the French Quarter in the days leading up to Mardi Gras. Two teens were arrested in connection with the MLK Day shootings; three men were arrested and charged in the Mardi Gras shootings.

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