A suspect has been identified in a New Orleans parade shooting that left 19 people injured. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that authorities are looking for 19-year-old Akein Scott.
Serpas said New Orleans police are familiar with Scott, who was arrested in March and may be out on bond.
“I would recommend strongly that Mr. Scott contact anybody who he is comfortable with to turn himself in,” Serpas said.
When asked if Scott was the lone shooter, Serpas said it was still early in the investigation.
The superintendent credited several people calling a Crimestoppers tip line with helping to identify Scott.
Scott has been arrested in the past for possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and narcotics charges, among other charges, Serpas said.
Images of the parade, released by police Monday, show a man standing at the outskirts of a packed parade route. A moment later, he charges toward the crowd.
The dramatic surveillance camera images see the panicked crowd scrambling for cover. The man runs away, leaving scattered bicycles and bodies on the ground behind him.
The shooting, during a festive New Orleans Mother’s Day parade, renewed concerns about crime in the city.
It’s the third holiday this year when guns have been fired into crowds, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. AJanuary 21 shooting near a Martin Luther King Day parade left five wounded. Four people were hurt in aFebruary Mardi Gras attack, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.