Bond set for second suspect, 4 others in Mother's Day shooting case
POSTED: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 3:06pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU-NBC) — Bond was set for the second suspect arrested in the Mother's Day shooting and for four others who are accused of harboring a suspected gunman in the incident.
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The first suspect, 19-year-old Akein Scott, was arrested late Wednesday night. WDSU captured exclusive video of the arrest. His bond was set at $10 million Thursday -- $500,000 for each count of attempted second-degree murder.
Police identified Akein as the man seen in surveillance video shooting into the crowd at a Mother's Day second line parade in the Seventh Ward. The incident began about 1 p.m. at the intersection of North Villere and Frenchman streets.
More arrests followed Thursday, including Akein Scott's 24-year-old brother, Shawn. Police said Shawn was the second suspect sought in the shooting that injured 20 people, including two children. Shawn's bond was set at $10,091,000.
Shawn was arrested on 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder, possession of a firearm or weapon by a felon, possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, illegal carrying of a weapon with a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The two brothers are involved in the 'Frenchman and Derbigny Boys' gang, according to police.
The shooting is under investigation, and police haven't publicly stated the cause that led to the barrage of gunfire that Sunday afternoon, but sources told WDSU Thursday that the intended target of the shooting was 35-year-old Leonard Epps.
New Orleans police announced the arrest of four people in a Thursday noon conference, who investigators said harbored Akein, providing him shelter and comfort in New Orleans East.
Neika Youngblood, 32, Bionca Hickerson, 22, Brandy George, 28, and Justin Alexander, 19, were arrested on charges of accessory after the fact of attempted second-degree murder and relative to obstruction of justice by harboring a fugitive.
Each of their bonds were set at $10,000.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas and other city leaders touted the speed of the arrest and thanked the public for the numerous tips called in to authorities and Crimestoppers.
"The people of New Orleans chose to be with us and not with the coward who fired into this crowd," Serpas said.
The social aid and pleasure club that put on the second line, the Original Big 7, said it will have a "Re-Do Mother's Day Parade" on June 1 at 1 p.m. on the same route and is accepting donations to pay for the brass bands and for the victims of the shooting.