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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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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – One of the victims of the Mother’s Day second line shooting is a reporter for the New Orleans magazine “Gambit”.

Deborah Cotton covers the second line and brass band scene, and she had happily tweeted that morning that people should come out to the traditional mother’s day second line.

Cotton, who covers the beat as “Big Red Cotton, has often commented on violence in New Orleans, and how the media unfairly associates the second line culture with violence.

A year ago, she was discussing violence and second lines in the interview series “The Angle” and gave this analysis of what often leads to parade shootings.

“In the cultural community, a lot of our events are out in the public, out in the street.  So, at any given moment, something can jump off.  If you are at a second line on Sunday, if you are at a show, if you’re on the neutral ground at a DJ party; at any of these events. It’s not necessarily members of the culture who are perpetrating these violent cases, it generally is not. It’s usually someone who has a beef with someone and they know that they are going to be able to find them there.”

Sounds like she’s describing what happened to her and the other 18 victims.

Gambit says Cotton is in guarded,  but stable condition.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – From cell phone, social media, surveillance video, and even WGNO News reporter Darian Trotter who just happened to be enjoying the festivities, this may be the most documented mass shooting in New Orleans history.

The surveillance video shows a suspect unloading his gun into the crowd, then shows a profile shot – our best look at the suspect – as he runs away.

Detectives say there may have been one or two more shooters.

In all, 19 people were hit, including two 10-year-old children.

Statement issued by the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau about the Mother’s Day second line shootings:

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.

The NOPD has released still images of the suspect wanted from the Mother’s Day shootings in the 7th Ward.

WGNO reporter Darian Trotter recounts being in the middle of a shooting at a Mother’s Day Second Line Parade in the 7th Ward.


Photo from Darian Trotter

WGNO’s Darian Trotter was participating in the Mother’s Day second line when the shooting happened near the intersection of North Villere and Frenchmen Streets.

Shots rang out at a Mother’s Day second line Sunday.  WGNO confirmed 12 people were shot, including a 10 year old girl.  Reporter Darian Trotter was at the parade and captured video as it was happening.