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Federal Indictments Handed Down in Mother’s Day Gang Shooting

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The Mother’s Day shooting last May that injured 20 people was sparked by a drug conspiracy with members of the Frenchmen and Derbigny gangs, according to recently unsealed documents.

The superseding indictment handed down February 27, accuses nine gang members, including brothers Shawn and Akein Scott, with violating federal drug and firearm laws. Also the indictment specifically alleges that the brothers discharged guns into a Mother’s Day second-line parade to furtherance of drug trafficking.

Read the indictment HERE.

Those nine are:

  • Travis Scott, 29, (aka Trap, or Slim)
  • Stanley Scott, 22, (aka Stizzle)
  • Shawn Scott, 25, (aka Shizzle)
  • Akein Scott, 20, (aka Keemy)
  • Jeremiah Jackson, 23, (aka Rocky)
  • Gralen Benson, 26, (aka Dooley)
  • Brian Benson, 24, (aka Dub or Dubba)
  • Crystal Scott, 32, (aka Chris)
  • Richmond Smith, 25, (aka Ace)

The Scotts are all brothers, and federal authorities say Travis is the head of the gang.

An Orleans Parish grand jury indicted Akein and Shawn Scott last July.  The pair each face 20 counts of attempted murder and 14 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

“Following one of the most despicable shootings in our city’s recent history, our federal, state and local law enforcement partners collaborated in an unprecedented fashion to identify the allegedly responsible individuals,” U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said in a statement.