Former TC student arrested in New Orleans shootings
New Orleans police and U.S. marshals arrested a former Talladega College student Wednesday who is a suspect in a mass shooting spree Sunday.

Akein Scott, a 19-year-old who was enrolled at Talladega College in the fall of 2012, faces 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder after firing into a crowd at a Mother’s Day Parade in New Orleans during which 19 people were wounded by gunfire and one woman was injured while trying to flee.

Scott’s bond was set at $10 million.

A release from the New Orleans Police Department stated that Scott and his brother Shawn Scott, who was also allegedly involved in the shooting, were members of a gang called the “Frenchmen and Derbigny Boys.”

Prior to the arrest, Scott had been charged with an array of offenses, including illegal carrying of a weapon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, resisting an officer, contraband to jail, illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of heroin.

John McCoy, captain of investigations for the Talladega Police Department, said that on Nov. 14, 2012, city police officers arrested Scott and an unnamed Talladega College student for second-degree possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor offense.

Attempts to ascertain whether Scott was still enrolled in the college were unsuccessful as officials from Talladega College could not be reached for comment.

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