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Judge sets $10 million bond for suspect in Mother's Day shooting

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A surveillance image from the Mother's Day shooting.  Police believe Akein Scott is the man seen firing a handgun in the foreground (image from NOPD) A surveillance image from the Mother's Day shooting. Police believe Akein Scott is the man seen firing a handgun in the foreground (image from NOPD)

New Orleans, La. - Police have arrested 19-year-old Akein Scott, investigators' primary suspect in the shooting of 19 people at Mother's Day second line in the 7th Ward.

He has been charged with 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder. Bail was set at $10 million - $500,000 for each count. It is unclear why Scott faces 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Akein Scott was just arrested in the Little Woods neighborhood Wednesday night. Little Woods extends along the lakefront for much of the width of the New Orleans East area, and NOPD has yet to say exactly where Scott was arrested.

NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden told reporters that no additional details would be provided about the arrest until Thursday morning.

Police identified Scott Monday night as the suspect who fired a handgun as the second line passed the intersection of Frenchmen Street and N. Villere Street. Police say Scott is no stranger to the law, claiming he is involved with street gangs and narcotics.

Scott was arrested on four charges on March 5 at Frenchman and Derbigny, just three blocks from the Mother's day shootings. He was charged with resisting an officer, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and possession of heroin.

The DA dropped two charges and accepted two charges, the illegal carrying of a weapon and the heroin charge.

A magistrate set Scott's bond at $15,000 for his release pending trial.  And sources tell FOX 8 that the bond insurance company only approved a bond of $5500, as shown on the back of the bond form. It was an apparent mistake that no one caught, and Scott was released.

NOPD says members of Scott's family were helping him hide from authorities, but they have not announced any arrests among his relatives.

A $10,000 reward was set for information leading to his capture. 

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