NEW ORLEANS – Police identified a 19-year-old man as a suspect in the shooting of nearly 20 people during a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans, saying several people had identified him as the gunman.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said they were looking for Akein Scott of New Orleans. He said it was too early to say whether he was the only gunman.

“We would like to remind the community and Akein Scott that the time has come for him to turn himself in,” Serpas said at a news conference outside of police headquarters.

The mass shooting showed again how far the city has to go to shake a persistent culture of violence that belies the city’s festive image.

Earlier, police announced a $10,000 reward and released blurry surveillance camera images, which led to several tips from the community.