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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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Mother’s Day shooting

What happens when white people abandon the public schools system in New Orleans?   What happens when black folks come in and take over and do the same crooked stuff their white predecessors were doing before?   What’s the result today when this phenomenon took place decades ago?  Answer: The chickens come home to roost!

20 people injured, including 2 10-year-olds, and all on Mother’s Day.  Why does this type of thing happen in New Orleans?  And who’s to blame?

This stuff happens entirely too frequently in New Orleans because too many teenage kids have little to no parenting and lack a basic education which produces an absence of morals, empathy, and hope.

Who’s to blame?   All of us.  This is as much a black problem as it is a white one.  Blaming one race or the other accomplishes nothing.  This is a community problem and it has been for nearly half a decade.  Expecting any other result would be illogical.

When you had an education system that was at or near the bottom in the entire United States decade after decade, the obvious result will be uneducated kids.  Broken kids that know nothing more than life on the streets. We’ve produced a bunch of ruthless killers that don’t care about what we hold dear.

Yeah, we’re all to blame for this.  Did you honestly expect a different result?  The sooner we all realize this is a community problem, the quicker we can fix the problem.

Or you can continue to put your head in the sand and blame someone else.  It’s your choice.

Morning News Headlines 05/14/13      In the wake of Sunday’s second-line shooting medical experts are stressing the importance of knowing how to help shooting victims before paramedics arrive.

The parade route was peppered with injured people who were dazed and confused.

“Typical of a shooting; and unfortunately we have too many of those in this city,” Dr. Norman McSwain said.

Dr. McSwain is a Tulane trauma surgeon at University Medical Center.

He says the moments between a shooting and the time it takes paramedics to arrive are critical in saving lives; especially when there is blood loss.

“Patients with a major hemorrhage can die within 4 to 5 minutes,” McSwain explained. “So it’s really important to get control of that hemorrhage.”

Its why McSwain is working with a team of medical experts to teach people what to do until trained medical experts arrive.

In this climate of mass shootings, like Sandy Hook, and Aurora it means training every day citizens to first make sure the victim’s airway is not obstructed.

Then it’s time to stop the bleeding.

“You can stop it  on the extremities by putting pressure directly on the point of injury,” McSwain said.

If a tourniquet is available, he says use it.

“Back up y’all give her some air,” a witness to Sunday’s shooting said.

Sunday concerned citizens got it right.

But McSwain dispels medical myths about shooting scenes; for example, the common belief that victims should not be moved.

“Let her come up, let her come up,” a witness said. “She good don’t let her come up.”

McSwain says unlike blunt trauma caused in car crashes, moving a shooting victim generally will not cause brain or spine injuries.

He also says it’s not necessary to keep patients talking.

“Come on babe, talk to her, talk to her,”  a concerned citizen said.

“It doesn’t make a lot of difference if you keep them talking or not,” McSwain said. “What’s most important is if you keep the air moving in and out of their lungs.”

Sunday’s victims were in so much pain, many of them could hardly move.

McSwain explains why.

“The thought process is I’ll just stay still because if I move it might hurt me; and so they stay down or lay down,” McSwain said. “As you saw one person on their hands and knees, just maintain quietness or stillness if you would until somebody is able to help them.”

McSwain says medical experts have already begun training police and teachers how to stabilize shooting victims in the New Orleans area.


“When the violence and the shootings just continue, it continues to bring on pain. It continues to bring on hurt,” says Patrina Peters.

Peters is still hurting today. Her son Demond was just 19-years-old when he was shot to death in the Lower Ninth Ward three years ago. She’s not blind to gang activity, which is why she’s joined the Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy.

“Based on the facts as we know them in law enforcement, there are a very small group of individuals that are the most violent and dangerous in the City of New Orleans,” says Mayor Landrieu.

The strategy works by calling in current and former gang members, offering them help, and learning more about their associates.

So far 649 people in 39 gangs have been identified including Akein Scott who is wanted for Sunday’s mass shooting. Police say he injured 20 people after being in and out of our justice system. Akein posted a $15,000 bond for illegally carrying a weapon while in possession of drugs. Landrieu says the bond was too low and he blames judges, while the DA says next time Akein Scott won’t get out.

“I can guarantee to the residents this, that when he is arrested we will prosecute him with every available resource we have to see to it that he is not in a position to hurt anyone else again,” says District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.

The message to gang members is clear: your associates are talking and your time will come, but it could be a mother’s heartfelt plea that will make the ultimate difference.

“Stop the shooting. Stop the violence. Put away the hate. Begin to love again,” cries Patrina Peters.

“This is a big issue. It’s as deep as the Mississippi is deep and as murky as the Mississippi is murky,” says community leader Fred Johnson.

“We also need to stop upholding our children’s wrong. If you know your children are doing wrong, stop them from doing wrong,” says social worker Jessica Stange.

“How do you want the Seventh Ward to say where the guns are? You want me to get in the car with you now and take you where the guns are? We ain’t better not telling. We are telling,” sad resident Dyan French.

Tempers soared as a passionate crowd gathered on the corner on Frenchmen and North Villere, the site of yesterday’s senseless violence.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu organized tonight’s Community Response.

“We all came out here to basically reclaim this spot and say what happened yesterday in. This spot does not reflect who people in New Orleans are,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The Big 7 Social Aid and pleasure club plans to have another second line in the same area hoping this one does not end with violence. That are planning it in June 2nd.

 WGNO News reporter Darian Trotter found himself caught in the middle of Sunday’s Second Line shooting.

He has new video of the aftermath; and frightening accounts from witnesses.

“It was like they were randomly shooting,” witness Lisa Mastro said.

Security camera video shows the suspected shooter pointing a gun. What happened next sent crowds of parade goers frantically running for their lives; including me.

“I heard pow, pow and I ran,” witness Lisa Garner said.” Trotter asked, “How many shots? Oh I don’t know how many but they was about 5 or 6 of them,” Garner replied.

“It was like a semi-automatic or something; just over, and over and over again,” Mastro said.

Seconds before the shooting the suspect was seen leaning against a house, located at the corner of Frenchman and N. Villere Streets; just steps away from where I was standing.

In the middle of gunfire: reporter recounts Mother’s Day parade shootingTrotter described, “As you saw in the video, this is the green stoop the shooter was standing next to before coming to the center of the street, using one hand and firing shots into the crowd.” “Right over here, on the other side of the street – that’s where I was standing.” “Right in the center but directly in the line of fire,” Trotter said.

“After ducking and dodging, this is where I and several others ran for cover; between two homes,” Trotter continued. “And this over here, that is the fence that I managed to jump over until the coast was clear.”

“Talk to her baby, come on,” one witness said.

It didn’t take long to realize it was bad. Really bad.

“Innocent people was hurt,” Garner said. “Half of them didn’t even know they was shot.”

Using my cell phone, I began documenting the aftermath; walking up to victims and assessing their injuries.

Trotter asked, “Where was he shot man?” “In the arm,” the witness replied. “Okay okay,” Trotter replied.

Then I paired up with WGNO staff photographer Deryl Andrews who recorded more exclusive video.

As paramedics arrived, I helped direct them to the victims who appeared to be in worse shape.

One was shot in the torso….

“Let her come up, let her come up,” someone said from the crowd.

So too was this woman.

“Come on babe, talk to her, talk to her bunny,” another witness said.

“I’m trying to check on my brother bruh,” a frantic family member pleaded.

Police and other first responders hurried to gain order and tend to the victims.

That’s when we caught up with Lisa Mastro.

Trotter asked, “How many injured? I have no idea I saw two people down; they took one away,” Mastro replied. “I have no idea.”

“But thank god it’s not nothing bad, bad, bad where we have to say they dead on the scene,” Garner said.

The next day, healing begins; both physical and emotional.

Justin Manuel agrees.

Trotter asked, “How do you feel today? Depressed angry,” Manuel replied.

Trotter asked, “Why are you angry? The violence, the hurt, the turmoil,” Manuel explained.

Several parade goers said they felt victimized because their lives were threatened.

Sunday, a gunman opened fire on a second-line parade in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward.  By Monday, news of the attack had traveled around the world.  On Tuesday, New Orleans tourism leaders are set to unveil their new, national leisure tourism campaign.

Monday, the city’s two major tourism groups released statements on the shooting.  Some sentences in each statement were word-for-word the same.

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Vice President of Communications and Public Relations, Kelly Shulz, released the following statement:

“On Sunday, May 12, there was a shooting at a Second Line in the 7th ward neighborhood that left 19 people injured. There were no fatalities and the majority of the 19 have non-life-threatening injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.  New Orleans has second lines and cultural celebrations every weekend. Violence at such events is extremely rare. There was a strong police presence at the event. Law enforcement is taking swift action.  Just like all major urban centers, it is sad that a handful of troubled people choose a life of violence. We are committed to working with city leaders and the criminal justice system to make New Orleans a safer place to live, work and visit.  This incident will NOT cause us to stop second lines or the other cultural traditions that are part of our heritage and daily lives.”

Also on Monday, Mark Romig, the President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing released this statement:

“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.  New Orleans has second lines and cultural celebrations every weekend.  Violence at such events is extremely rare. There was a strong police presence at the event. Law enforcement is taking swift action.  Just like all major urban centers, it is sad that a handful of troubled people choose a life of violence. We are committed to working with city leaders and the criminal justice system to make New Orleans a safer place to live, work and visit.  This incident will NOT cause us to stop second lines or the other cultural traditions that are part of our heritage and daily lives.  With regard to marketing and how this affects our efforts, as you know there are 78,000+  jobs in the hospitality industry, and those jobs depend in large part to us communicating the positive attributes of our city. We will not be deterred.”

The big reveal for the new tourism campaign is set for 10:00 Tuesday morning.

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.

WGNO reporter Darian Trotter was participating in the Mother’s Day second line parade when the shooting occurred. News with a Twist hosts Susan Roesgen & LBJ asked Darian to recount his experience.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The original “Big Seven” parade began around 1 p.m. on Elysian Fields Avenue, as it does every year, and started marching through the Seventh Ward.

Twitter user @tucheAOG was at the corner of North Villere and Frenchmen with his family and friends waiting for the parade to arrive.

Also waiting at that corner: the supected shooter.

As the crowd gathered to see the marchers pass, the suspect waited in the background. Then, around 1:47 p.m., he walked into the crowd and started shooting.

@tucheAOG was recording video at the very second the bullets began flying.

WARNING: the unedited version of this video is not suitable for children!

He says on his Twitter account that he didn’t see anything, he just started running when he heard the shots, but his phone did catch a glimpse of the shooter.

The surveillance video gives us the best look at what happened. You can see the crowd scatter when the shooting starts, and even a little boy left alone in the chaos, just a few feet from the gunman.

At this point, we don’t even know who the intended targets were, or if they were hurt.