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.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) estimated that as many as three gunmen opened fire on a Mother's Day second line procession in the Seventh Ward this afternoon, injuring 19 people, according to the latest figures provided by the NOPD.
Many of the victims of today's shooting were taken to Interim LSU Hospital, where doctors said the victims' gunshot wounds ranged from flesh wounds to more serious damage. At least two of the wounded were children, who suffered what police said were graze wounds. Three of those hit sustained more serious injuries. At this hour, there have been no fatalities.
Among the injured was Gambit correspondent Deborah Cotton, who covers second line, Mardi Gras Indian and Social Aid & Pleasure Club culture for the paper under the name "BIg Red" Cotton. Cotton was hit directly by gunfire and taken to intensive care for surgery. She is in guarded but stable condition tonight, according to doctors. This morning, Cotton had tweeted, "A very Happy Mother's Day to all! See U at the 2nd line today w/ @TBC_BrassBand."
In an interview last year, Cotton discussed the problem of endemic violence in New Orleans:
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A flyer labeled "Bywater Rising" asks "Are you tired of the following?" followed by a list of complaints musicians, venue owners and others have made in the wake of the City of New Orleans' enforcement of noise complaints and alcohol and entertainment permits.
The flyer lists "business closures and harassment from city government"; "taking of public spaces from the people who need it most"; "artists, musicians and buskers being forced off the street and into starvation"; and "the je ne sais quoi of New Orleans being packaged and incorporated," adjacent to a fleur de lis with Mickey Mouse ears crossed out in red.
"Then off of your ass and into the streets," the flyer reads. Groups of musicians, bar owners and others organized to march against the city's "crackdown" (from last year's permiting issues to the recent issues at St. Roch Tavern and the suspension of music at Mimi's in the Marigny) to be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow beginning at Mickey Markey Park in Bywater.
The Facebook event, which counts more than 300 attendees, says the protest is to show "New Orleans citizens will not stand by and watch attempts to quiet New Orleans' vibrant music scene." Event organizers encourage "costumes, marching bands, instruments, flags and signs."
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DUE TO RAIN, THIS PARADE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY JUNE 1ST
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LADIES PIGEON TOWN STEPPERS
SOCIAL AID & PLEASURE CLUB
ANNUAL EASTER SECOND LINE
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video courtesy of LouisianaHumanities
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NOTE: Daylight savings time change, parades begin now at 1pm
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