NOPD’s Fifth District detectives have identified a man they believe opened fire yesterday into a large crowd during a second-line, wounding 19 people, including two children.
Less than 25-hours after the shots were fired near the corner of North Villere and Frenchmen Streets, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Akein Scott. Investigators and NOPD SWAT team members checked two locations for Scott tonight, but were unsuccessful. Detectives are still actively pursuing him, as they continue to get helpful tips from members of the community as to where he might be. Multiple witnesses came forward to police and identified Scott as the triggerman.
The investigation is still active, as it’s not yet been determined whether Scott was the only person to fire a weapon at yesterday’s event. Detectives continue to collect evidence, conduct interviews and have canvassed and re-canvassed the area where the shooting occurred in an effort to gather more information.
“The work done by our Fifth District team is arguably some of the finest police work I’ve seen in my 12 years as a chief. Right after the first shot was fired yesterday afternoon, these officers knew exactly what to do and wasted no time getting to it”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“I also want to commend those members of the community who stepped up and contacted police with the information they had. 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.
“Akein Scott needs to do the right thing, and turn himself in. What happened yesterday was an atrocity, and we want to make sure that everyone who took part in that violence faces consequences of the criminal justice system.”
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.
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Contact: Remi Braden