Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Second suspect held over shooting

Akien Scott has appeared in court facing 20 charges of attempted murder (AP)
Rainbows are painted around bloods stains at the scene of last Sunday's shooting during a parade on Mother's Day (AP)

A second suspect has been arrested over the New Orleans shooting that injured 20 people at a parade on Mother's Day.

Shawn Scott, 24, was arrested on Thursday, police Chief Ronal Serpas said. He is the brother of 19-year-old Akein Scott, who was arrested on Wednesday night in connection with the shooting.

Both face 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder. Mr Serpas said investigators believe the Scotts worked together in the shooting.

Akein Scott appeared before a magistrate judge earlier on Thursday. His bond was set at 10 million US dollars (£6.5 million).

At a news conference at the shooting site near the French Quarter, Mayor Mitch Landrieu accused the suspects of "callously shooting into crowds of hundreds of citizens".

"The culture of violence is unnatural and unacceptable," Mr Landrieu said, calling the shooting site "holy ground".

Besides the Scotts, Mr Serpas said police arrested four people who are accused of helping Akein Scott elude capture. Mr Serpas said their charges are being accessories after the fact to attempted second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. They range in age from 19 to 32, he said.

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