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Suspect identified in Mother’s Day shootings

New Orleans police say they’ve identified the shooter in the 7th Ward Mother’s Day shooting.

Officers say 19-year-old Akein Scott is the man wanted for the shooting that injured 20 people.

Monday night SWAT team members searched two locations for Scott but he was not found.

The police department says it hasn’t determined if Scott was the only shooter.

Superintendent Ronal Serpas says Scott needs to do the right thing and turn himself in to police.

The suspect has been arrested in the past and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, resisting an officer, contraband to jail, illegal possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of heroin.

Supt. Serpas praised the officers in the 5th district and thanked members of the community who came forward with information.

“There were dozens of people at yesterday’s second line and we know there is more information out there.  So we are still asking people who were at the scene, to call us, send us the video of the second line that you may have recorded on your cell phone”, Serpas said.

The Crimestoppers reward in the case is $10,000.

You can call in your tip Crimestoppers at 504-822-111.

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