Two charged in parade shooting

AFP-JIJI

Two brothers who belong to a New Orleans gang were charged with opening fire at a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans where 20 people were shot, police said Thursday.

Sunday’s shooting at a crowded parade filled with families shocked the Big Easy, which is struggling to overcome what Mayor Mitch Landrieu described as “the relentless drumbeat of violence” on its streets.

Akein Scott, 19, was booked into custody on 20 counts of attempted murder. His brother, Shawn Scott, 24, was arrested later Thursday on the same charges. Four other people were charged with obstruction of justice and “accessory after the fact” for helping Akein Scott hide from police.

The two are associated with the gang Frenchman-Derbigny Boys and had criminal records. Police found cocaine and heroin on Shawn Scott when they arrested him, and found heroin on his brother.