The New Orleans police department has arrested and charged a second suspect with 20 counts of second-degree murder in the Mother's Day parade shooting that wounded 20 people.
Shawn Scott, 24, older brother to Akein Scott, 19, was arrested Thursday morning.
Akein was taken into custody Wednesday night. He became the initial suspect after authorities identified him in surveillance footage, appearing to open fire during the parade.
The brothers have a record of previous arrests for firearms and drug charges. Authorities are still carving out a motive, but believe the incident was gang-related.
Police have not publicly identified a motive for the mass shooting, but sources with knowledge of the investigation have told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune that the brothers' target was a 35-year-old man named Leonard Epps, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso and remains in the hospital in serious condition. The sources say Epps is affiliated with the Deslonde Boys, a gang in the Lower 9th Ward which claims the Deslonde Street area as its turf.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas told a Thursday news conference that police had long been tracking the "generational" Frenchmen and Derbigny gang, whose ranks are filled with members of varying ages. Serpas, however, did not mention Epps or a possible target in the shooting.
"There's no question that we believe that the Scott brothers came here with a purpose and with a plan and acted cowardly," Serpas told reporters at the site of Sunday's shooting.
"There were people we are sure that they were trying to hurt," said Serpas, who declined to comment further, citing an ongoing investigation.
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(Photos from left: AP Photo/Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriffs Office,AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
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