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James Scott, via OPSO

A 38-year-old man shot a 12-year-old boy last month because the man was annoyed at how the boy was twirling sticks, New Orleans police said in court records released Thursday. 

The boy was twirling sticks around in the way drum majors of marching bands do on the night of May 7 near North Claiborne Avenue and Iberville Street.

James Scott shot the boy in the stomach, apparently annoyed that he was playing near him, police said. They said he then hit the boy in the head with a hammer, which Scott left behind while fleeing the scene. 

Paramedics took the boy to University Medical Center, where he was listed in guarded condition.

Detective DeCynda Chambers said she later identified Scott as the shooter. The boy then picked Scott out of a photographic lineup as his attacker, according to an arrest warrant read aloud in court Thursday by Assistant District Attorney Michael Henn. 

Police arrested Scott on Wednesday. He was booked on counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery, resisting an officer and possession of cocaine, records show. 

A judge set his bail at $310,000 Thursday morning. He remained in custody later in the day and is due back in court on June 28. 

Records show Scott has prior convictions in New Orleans for burglary and possession of marijuana and cocaine. 

Court records do not identify the boy. 

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