Every month, New Orleans police file crime statistics with the federal government. These numbers turn into lists of the nation’s most violent cities, and those lists impact factors from economic development to residents’ sense of safety. The Sunday edition of the Times-Picayune and Nola.com features reporting from John Simerman and Gordon Russell on these stats.
Akein Scott, the 19-year-old suspected of injuring 20 people by shooting into a crowd at a Mother’s Day second-line this past Sunday, was apprehended by the New Orleans Police Department’s SWAT unit Wednesday night in New Orleans East.
"Akein Scott is now in NOPD custody," police spokeswoman Remi Braden said in an e-mail to reporters. Braden said the suspect was arrested in the Little Woods section of New Orleans East.
That's how the New Orleans Police Department spread the word on Facebook early Thursday that its officers had "arrested 19-year-old Akein Scott in connection with the shooting of 19 people on Mother's Day."
New Orleans tourism officials launch a new campaign to attract visitors.
The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation has unveiled its latest campaign to attract visitors to the city. Recent national news attention of the Mother’s Day shooting makes the job that much harder.
Among those hit by bullets in Sunday's shootings at the Mother's Day second line was journalist Deb Cotton.
She writes for The Gambit, and covers the city's street culture. She remains alive, reportedly in stable condition, but badly injured by the incident. New Orleans author and journalist Jed Horne has worked with Cotton. He writes in The Lens this week about her perspectives on violence in the city.
About 200 people gathered at the same New Orleans intersection that erupted in gunfire on Mother’s Day to call for unity in fighting crime. Local officials promised a strong response to the attackers who injured 19 people.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has called for a "community response" gathering today at 6 p.m., at the corner of Frenchmen Street and North Villere. It's a response to the multiple shooting Sunday afternoon during a Mother's Day second-line parade that injured at least 19 people.
"On Sunday afternoon — Mother's Day — our community was subjected to another senseless act of violence," the mayor said in a press release. "Please come out and show solidarity in protecting our culture and delivering a message to stop the shootings."