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Shooting at Mother’s Day second line

CaptureShots were fired at a Mother’s Day second line on Sunday, May 12, 2013 near the intersection of North Villere and Frenchmen Streets.

New Orleans Police say 19 people were wounded: 10 men, 7 women, a 10-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl. Most of the wounds were not considered life threatening, although two of the victims required surgery.

Six people have been arrested in connection with the shooting spree:

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Akein Scott (photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)

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Shawn Scott is charged with 20 counts of attempted second degree murder (photo from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office).


Nekia Youngblood

Nekia Youngblood, charged with harboring a fugitive (photo from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)

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Justin Alexander, charged with harboring (photo from Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Brandy George

Brandy George, charged with harboring a fugitive (photo from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Bionca Hickerson

Bionca Hickerson, charged with harboring a fugitive (photo from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)


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The number of arrests in the Mother’s Day second-line shooting stands at six.

Police are throwing the book at two-brothers accused of the attack and anybody who helped them.

The NOPD arrested  24-year-old Shawn Scott early Thursday morning in New Orleans East, just blocks away from where they arrested his 19-year-old brother Akein the night before.

Supt. Ronal Serpas says both Scott brothers are accused of opening fire into the crowd, “Shawn Scott, Akein’s big brother, also participated in this crime and has been charged with 20 counts of second degree attempted murder. He and his brother worked in concert in this shooting. There were people we are sure they were trying to hurt. ”

Serpas says four others are charged with obstruction of justice for  harboring a fugitive, “Four people were aware that Akein Scott was wanted for last Sunday`s shooting but did not turn him in and instead provided him aid and comfort.”

Police say the accomplices are 22 year old Bionca Hickerson, 18 year old Brandy George,  19 year old Justin Alexander and 32 year old Nekia Youngblood.

The bail for the four arrested who allegedly helped the Scott brothers was set at $10,000 each.

Akien Scotts bail was set at $10 million dollars.

His brother Shawn’s bail will be determined on Friday.


Shooting Victims Speak Out

Days after the Mother’s Day shooting, victims are recounting the traumatizing events and getting a clearer picture of what it will take to recover.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter spoke with several about the day they will never forget.

“It was so loud and it sounded like it was coming closer and closer,” victim Willie Hall said. “It was unbelievable to hear shots like that at this great event.”

It was a mass shooting that will forever stain the minds of many; but perhaps no one will remember the nightmare more than the innocent victims caught in the line of fire.

Victims like Willie hall.

“I was trying to see where the shooting was coming from because I don’t like to just run, and I don’t know which way I was running,” Hall said.

10-year-old Ka’nard Allen.

“I was frightened,” his mother Tynia Allen said. “I was frightened I was going to lose my child; and then when I saw the blood going down his jaw.”

And two of the victims were Kim Williams’s family members.

“Not just my nieces, all those people out there that was wounded unnecessarily my heart goes out to them. Uhm, man,” Williams said.

They say memories of the second-line parade are haunting.

“Come on, babe,” a witness said. “Talk to her.” “Talk to her.”

They say they are haunted by images of what started as a joyous mother’s day event that turned tragic, in an instant like a war scene full of terror and fear.

“Everyone was in disbelief everybody it was first panic then anger,” Hall said. “Cause everyone saying this can’t be happening who would do something like this.”

Police say Shawn Scott, 24, and brother Akein Scott, 19,  worked together in the attack that left bullet fragments in Hall’s foot and grazed Ka’nard’s face.

It’s the second time in less than a year that he’s been shot.

Last year a bullet hit him in the neck during a shooting at his birthday party.

His 5-year-old cousin Brianna Allen died.

“I’m trying to check on my brother,” a victim’s loved one said.

Sunday’s shooting has admittedly rendered both victims and other spectators emotional wrecks.

“You’re sad, and you’re angry at the same time that somebody could do something like this; to shoot in a crowd with all those innocent people,” Hall said.

“Let her come up. Let her come up,” a witness said as she stood over a victim. “She good. Don’t let her come up.”

“I seen some people shot up pretty bad. I seen one little sister had white tights on, and it was red and blood,” Hall recounted.

“Ka’nard almost lost his life twice, and he’s 10,” Allen said.

It’s been so traumatic; Ka’nard has had trouble sleeping even with his mother watching over him.

Trotter asked, “What have you told him? Just keep the faith, pray and try to move on from that,” Allen replied. “The same thing I told him last year.” “Pray before you go to sleep, pray before you wake up because tomorrow is promised to no one.”

Ka’nard Allen is receiving counseling.

His 11th birthday is May 29th.

Three victims remained in critical condition Thursday night.

A few others Trotter managed to track down did not feel up to doing a camera interview.

A Ka’Nard Allen Benefit Account has been set up at Whitney Bank. You can make donations at any branch location; or you can send a donation by mail to:

Tynia Allen, 2238 Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans, LA  70113


shoootingIt’s a sign of hope. Just feet from last week’s Mother’s Day shooting family and friends gather to pray.

“I’ve been here about 47 years. What the kids do they ain’t going to let the old people know,” says 97-year-old Arthur Ross.

It’s the so called “young kids” that residents of the Seventh Ward are weary about. NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas has already tied 19-year-old Akein Scott and 24-year-old Shawn Scott, the alleged Mother’s Day shooters, to gang activity in the Frenchmen area, specifically linking them to the Frenchmen and Derbigny Boys.

“The Frenchmen and Derbigny Boys unfortunately have been here since many of us were young officers and it’s generational,” says Supt. Serpas.

In a neighborhood that’s been plagued by generations of violence residents are hesitate to speak. Most stay silent even as District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and other support groups offer help. Most saying they’ve never heard of gangs around the Seventh Ward.

“They won’t tell us anything, you know? The little kids keep a secret, you tell them something and they keep on walking,” explains Ross.

Even at 97-years-old Arthur Ross admits he doesn’t know everything, but he does say what’s happening to the Seventh Ward is a disgrace.

“Things like that shouldn’t happen because you’ve got old people, you’ve got young people coming to enjoy themselves,” says Ross, “They’re young, you know what I mean? We’ve done a lot of things ourselves, but we never did nothing like this.”

Police say 19-year-old Akein Scott is the guy who shot 20 people in the Mother’s Day second line parade shooting in New Orleans’ 7th Ward neighborhood. Akien is being held on $10 million bond.

His 24-year-old brother Shawn Scott is also under arrest.

Both are charged with 20 counts of attempted second degree murder.

Police have also arrested four other people accused of harboring a fugitive: Justin Alexander, Bionca Hickerson, Nekia Youngblood, and Brandy George.

Gee, who ever would have thought that one of the Mothers Day shooters was a repeat offender who trafficked in stolen guns(1), meaning all the mighty protestations over the need for “enhanced” background checks amount to a thumb stuck in a leaking levy holding back the Mississippi River of crime. Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizaro said “And you look back at the charge in 2012, where he’s arrested for being in possession of a stolen gun. That gun also was a 9 mm with an extended clip. It indicates this person has a propensity for guns and for guns that can shoot a lot of bullets where he doesn’t have to keep reloading the thing.”

And there is the rub, no amount of laws and regulations would have stopped either of the perps from acquiring similar weapons used in the Mothers Day attack. The NOPD was able to apprehend the first suspect without turning the French Quarter and below Canal Street area into a martial law zone, invaded by tanks, armored personnel carriers and ten thousand men, armed, going door to door without warrants.

Matter of fact, it doesn’t appear that any “federal” help was needed to be successful in this most basic of police skills: arresting bad guys. Keep that in mind as you ponder the end of Federal intervention in the city’s second most dangerous battle: formosa termite control. “Operation Full Stop”(2) has now fully stopped as the Feds have pulled the plug on millions in termite abatement. Why the USDA had any authority to kill Who Dat termites is beyond me but it does pose a question: can a city that cannot halt the menace of human bad actors possibly halt the menace of insect bad actors?

The saga of the well fed termite population, said to cause $250 MILLION per year in structure damage, is one that needs a happy ending but unlike the epidemic of violence in the City, there is a bait and a pesticide that can treat the termite damage. Background checks and gun bans will only treat criminals to black market paydays.





Akein Scott (photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)

(News release from NEW ORLEANS POLICE) – New Orleans Police and US Marshals have arrested two brothers and booked them in the shootings that caused chaos during a second-line last Sunday, with 19 people injured by bullets, and one woman hurt as she was trying to flee the area.

NOPD’s Fifth District detectives were able to develop 19-year-old Akein Scott as a gunman the very next day after the shooting, and last night just after 10pm, Scott was tracked to a residence in the 7500-block of Kingsport Drive.   He was taken into custody without incident.

Scott was charged with 20 counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder, and is now being held on $10-million dollars bond.

Investigators also learned that four people were aware that Akein Scott was wanted for this shooting, but didn’t turn him in, and instead, provided him comfort and aid.  These individuals were also picked up during the night.  They are 32-year-old Nekia Youngblood, 22-year-old Bionca Hickerson, 28-year-old Brandy George and 19-year-old Justin Alexander.  All four are charged with Accessory After the Fact of Attempted Second Degree murder and Relative to Obstruction of Justice by Harboring a Fugitive.

And finally, through further investigation, detectives learned that 24-year-old Shawn Scott, Akein’s big brother, also participated in this crime.   Officers headed out again at 7 this morning, and located Shawn Scott in the 9600-block of Haynes Boulevard.  He attempted to flee out of the back door of a residence, but was quickly apprehended.  Shawn Scott is also booked with 20-counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder.

NOPD has information indicating that both Scott brothers are members of the gang that calls itself the “Frenchmen and Derbigny Boys”.

Akein Scott was previously arrested for Illegal Carrying of a Weapon, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Resisting an Officer, Contraband to Jail, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon While in Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Heroin.

Shawn Scott currently has 4 warrants out for his arrest, including Illegal Carrying of a Weapon, Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled, Dangerous Substance and traffic attachments.  He was currently on parole for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Heroin and Possession of Cocaine until 12/2015.

Shawn Scott was previously arrested for Resisting an Officer, Criminal Trespass, traffic violations, Possession of Marijuana, Warrants, Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Heroin and attachments.

Justin Alexander has been previously arrested for Distribution of a Schedule 1 Narcotic, Distribution of a Control Dangerous Substance within 1000 feet of a School. He also has an outstanding Municipal Court Attachment.

Nekia Youngblood has been previously arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.

“The identification, pursuit and arrest of Akein Scott and Shawn Scott makes it clear that we will not accept the culture of death and violence in our city,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “I want to thank the New Orleans Police Department and all the local, state and federal agencies who assisted in the capture and all the residents who remained vigilant and provided tips. The people of New Orleans made this happen because as a community we have said enough is enough. The rules of the game have changed on the streets of New Orleans, and we will not let up. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of the victims.”

“I’m incredibly proud of this police department for the swift, excellent work it has done on this case.  It truly is an honor to work with the men and women who contributed to this effort, working around the clock to take control of this situation,” said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

“The Fifth District lead detectives- Robert Hurst, Rayell Johnson and Sergeant Gary Lacabe, did an extraordinary job.  And they had an exemplary leader in Commander Chris Goodly and Lieutenant Chris Hart.”

“It’s also important to thank all members of the US Marshals Fugitive task Force, which includes all local, state and federal agency law enforcement partners.  Their help is invaluable to us.”

“We are seeing a game-changing attitude in New Orleans.  By using CrimeStoppers to anonymously and safely report information to police, the fear and intimidation that gangs try to inflict on this community- are becoming things of the past.   Together, the people of New Orleans  and their police force are in control, working together and making New Orleans a safer place,” Serpas said.


Akein Scott (photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)

In a Thursday news conference, Mayor Mitch Landrieu confirmed that a second suspect is in custody for the shooting at a Mother’s Day second line parade.

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Shawn Scott is charged with 20 counts of attempted second degree murder (photo from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office).

Shawn Scott, 24, is also charged with 20 counts of attempted second degree murder.

NOPD public affairs director Remi Braden also confirmed that four others were arrested for harboring the original suspect, Akein Scott:

Nekia Youngblood

Nekia Youngblood, charged with harboring a fugitive (photo from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)

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Justin Alexander, charged with harboring a fugitive (photo from Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Brandy George

Brandy George, charged with harboring a fugitive (photo from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Bionca Hickerson

Bionca Hickerson, charged with harboring a fugitive (photo from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)


Akein Scott (photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Bond for Mother’s Day shooting suspect Akein Scott was set for $10 million on Thursday. Scott is charged with 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Akein Scott photoNew Orleans police say the suspect in the 7th Ward Mother’s Day shooting was arrested Wednesday night.

They say Akein Scott was found in the Little Woods neighborhood in eastern New Orleans.

Sunday’s shootings injured 20 people including two children.

Officers say the 19-year-old has been connected to gang activity.

In March Scott was arrested and charged with drug and gun crimes.

He was released on a $15,000 bond.

The New Orleans Police Department says it has no further details on his latest arrest.

It says detectives will be available to make more information public Thursday morning.