Arrest Made in New Orleans Mother's Day Parade Shooting

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by John Bacon, USA TODAY

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

- Akein Scott was arrested in connection with the New Orleans shooting.

- He was previously arrested on charges of illegal carrying of a weapon.

- 19 people were injured in the Sunday shooting.


New Orleans police have arrested Akein Scott, 19, in connection with a shooting spree at an informal Mother's Day parade that left 19 people wounded.

The police department's Facebook page included a brief statement leading with "CAPTURED!" Police said they would provide more details on the arrest at a news conference later Thursday.

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Surveillance video of the shooting scene Sunday showed the crowd fleeing and some people falling down as a man in a white T-shirt and dark pants fled. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said Monday that Scott had been identified by multiple people as the possible gunman.

Serpas has said it was too early to say whether Scott is the only suspect. Earlier, police had said that three gunmen were involved and that at least two different weapons were used.

The event was known locally as a "second-line parade" -- a loose processions in which people dance down the street, often following behind a brass band. They can be impromptu or planned and are sometimes described as moving block parties.

The parade drew up to 400 people, including police officers and was about two blocks long, police said.

Wounded were 10 men and seven women as well as a boy and a girl, both 10, who suffered graze wounds.

Police offered a $10,000 reward in the case.

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 Thursday. It was not immediately known whether he would be present for that hearing or whether it would be rescheduled.

Contributing: Doug Stanglin; Associated Press

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