On May 16, 2013, NOPD arrested Akein Scott, 19, the man they believe to be the suspect seen on surveillance cameras opening fire on a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans, wounding 19 men, women and children, some critically.
Police, who offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest and released a video of the shooting, said they received a number of tips from concerned citizens. By the next day, NOPD had identified the suspect as Akein Scott, 19, who, according to Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas is, “no stranger to the criminal justice system.” He urged the teen, who has priors for firearms violations, resisting, contraband in jail and drug possession, to turn himself in. Serpas added ominously, “We know more about you than you think we know.”
Serpas confirmed that police have “multiple identifications of Akein Scott as the shooter.” One witness, Jarrat Pytel, was walking with friends when he saw the shooter open fire, “I saw the guy on the corner, his arm extended, firing into the crowd.” Pytel added, “He was obviously pointing in a specific direction; he wasn’t swinging the gun wildly.” Pytel stayed and helped tend to the wounded.
By Wednesday night police had their man in custody, though his motive remains a mystery.
No further details have been released.