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Mother's Day shooting: Teen suspect held

AFTERMATH: Citizens help each other after the shooting (PA)

POLICE HAVE arrested a teenager in connection to the non-fatal shooting of 19 people at a Mother’s Day parade in the New Orleans.

According to local news station WWLTV, 19-year-old Akein Scott has been charged 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Attendees were forced to run for cover when shots rang out at the annual event on May 12. Of the victims, 10 were men, seven women and two were children. The children, both 10, suffered graze wounds. No one died in the shooting.

Apprehended in the Little Woods area of New Orleans East, Scott had been on the run for three days since the shooting.

Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that they had "multiple identifications" of Scott as the shooter. Serpas said his department received a "tremendous" amount of tips from Crimestoppers. There had been a $10,000 reward for information leading to Scott's arrest.

Scott was out on a $15,000 bond at the time of the shooting. He had been facing multiple charges, which reportedly included resisting an officer, contraband, illegally carrying a weapon, heroin possession and having a stolen weapon.

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