That’s how the New Orleans Police Department spread the word on Facebook early Thursday that its officers had “arrested 19-year-old Akein Scott in connection with the shooting of 19 people on Mother’s Day.”
We reported on Monday about the surveillance video that police circulated and their appeal to the public for help in finding the suspect.
“Police say Scott opened fire on Sunday about 1:45 p.m. on the annual Mother’s Day second line organized by the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club as the parade passed the intersection of Frenchmen and North Villere streets.
“Ten men, seven women, a boy and a girl — both 10 years old — were struck by the hail of gunfire. Three people remained hospitalized in stable to critical condition on Wednesday. The other victims had all been treated and released, officials said.”
The newspaper adds that at the time of the shooting, Scott “was out of jail on a $15,000 bail that Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said was too low for the gun and drug charges he faced.”