Darian Trotter tells us what police are planning to keep crowds safe.
Rapid gunfire at the Mother’s Day second-line parade is what turned an annual tradition into a tragedy.
20-people were injured when police say 19-year old Akein Scott, and brother Shawn Scott, 24, fired shots into the crowd from opposite sides of the street.
The parade that had just started, only to be cut short by the shooting, has been rescheduled for Saturday June 1st.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, “Any fear of the same thing happening? Nah, nah, nah,” Willie Hall replied. “You can’t let people put you in fear.” “You have to live your life.” “This is our culture,” Hall said.
It’s a culture the New Orleans Police Department plans to protect with heavy police presence.
Extra officers will be embedded in the crowd; on the lookout for shady characters.
“People who just don’t fit in with the crowd, suspicious people may be standing around the looking like they may cause trouble,” New Orleans Police Commander Christopher Goodly said. “We will be prepared for that.”
It’s comforting news for Tynia Allen and her 11-year old son Ka’nard.
He was grazed by a bullet at the Mother’s Day second line, and he’s still traumatized.
“But I’m not going to stop going to second-lines,” Tynia Allen said “Me or my child.” “Cuz like I said before no mother should have to fear for their child going to a second-line.”
“We can’t let nothing kill our culture,” Willie Hall said.
Hall is one of the shooting victims.
Even though he took a bullet to his ankle, he plans to attend the do-over parade.
Trotter asked, “What will be going through your mind as you travel the same route, and stand and cross the same intersection? I’m just hoping the band is bumping so I can be jumping.”
Commander Goodly says the do-over parade is needed to help the community heal.
“This is our culture and we’re going to continue to make sure that culture stays alive,” Goodly said. “We’re not going to let one criminal element from one major incident bring that down.”
The do-over parade begins at 1p.m. at 1825 Elysian Fields Avenue.
Organizers are expecting a larger than usual crowd, as the community takes a stand against crime and violent individuals.
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