New Orleans police Friday afternoon arrested another suspect in connection with the Mother's Day shootings. Police say they booked 19-year-old Monique Pepe as an accessory after the fact of attempted second degree murder.
Police say Pepe allowed suspect Shawn Scott hide out at her residence. Pepe also faces charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shawn Scott and his brother Akein Scott face 20 counts of attempted second degree murder, for the shootings that erupted near the end of the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club's Mother's Day second line parade in New Orleans' 7th Ward neighborhood. Three people were critically hurt in the shootings.
The violence set off a city-wide manhunt once investigators identified Akein Scott as a suspect. The manhunt came to an end when Akein Scott was arrested late Wednesday night in the Little Woods subdivision of New Orleans East. By Thursday afternoon, police had announced the arrests of Shawn Scott and four more people: Nekia Youngblood, Bionca Hickerson, Brandy George and Justin Alexander. All four are charged with accessory after the fact of attempted second degree murder.
"The identification, pursuit and arrest of Akein Scott and Shawn Scott makes it clear that we will not accept the culture of death and violence in our city," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement from NOPD. "I want to thank the New Orleans Police Department and all the local, state and federal agencies who assisted in the capture and all the residents who remained vigilant and provided tips. The people of New Orleans made this happen because as a community we have said enough is enough. The rules of the game have changed on the streets of New Orleans, and we will not let up. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of the victims."
"I'm incredibly proud of this police department for the swift, excellent work it has done on this case," New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in the statement. It truly is an honor to work with the men and women who contributed to this effort, working around the clock to take control of this situation."