By Chevel Johnson
The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — Police late Monday identified a 19-year-old man as a suspect in the shooting of about 20 people during a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans, saying several people had identified him as the gunman captured by surveillance camera videos.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas said officers were looking for Akein Scott of New Orleans. He said it was too early to say whether he was the only shooter.
“We would like to remind the community and Akein Scott that the time has come for him to turn himself in,” Serpas said at a news conference outside of police headquarters.
A photo of Scott hung from a podium in front of the police chief. “We know more about you than you think we know,” he said.
The mass shooting showed again how far the city has to go to shake a persistent culture of violence that belies the city’s festive image. Earlier, police announced a $10,000 reward and released blurry surveillance camera images, which led to several tips from the community.
“The people today chose to be on the side of the young, innocent children who were shot and not on the side of a coward who shot into the crowd,” Serpas said.
The superintendent said SWAT team members and U.S. marshals served a searched warrant at one location looking for Scott, and also visited two other blocks of interest.
He vowed that police would be “looking for Akein Scott for the rest of the night and tomorrow... and I would strongly recommend that Akeim turn himself in.”