Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Police name suspect in Mother's Day shootings

Posted By on Tue, May 14, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Police are searching today for 19-year-old Akein Scott as a suspect in the shootings of 19 people at a Mother’s Day second-line parade in the 7th Ward.

At a news conference Monday night Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas called on Scott “to do the right thing” and surrender. The police chief said several people had identified Scott as the shooter in a videotape the police released after the shooting.

Police originally said they were searching for three suspects who were seen fleeing the vicinity of the shooting, but on Monday night Serpas said it was too soon to know how many people were involved.

Serpas said Scott previously had been arrested on weapons and drug charges, as well as resisting an officer, but was free on bond at the time of the shooting.

Three of the people injured during Sunday’s shooting remain in critical condition. Five others have been released from the hospital.

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