Teenagers arrested for Aggravated Criminal Damage and Principal to Attempt 2nd Degree Murder

An early morning fight escalated to a shooting and a residential fire in Downtown Houma on Tuesday, February 4.


Shortly after 1 a.m., the Houma Police Department responded to the 200 block of New Orleans Blvd in reference to a disturbance. During the investigation it was learned a fight took place between two groups of subjects, some who were juveniles.


Officers learned one group of subjects arrived at a residence within the 200 block of New Orleans Blvd enticing a female to exit, but she refused. Shortly thereafter, occupants of the residence exited and confronted the subjects and a fight broke out. Not long after, all parties were dispersed.

It was reported several subjects drove to Thibodaux, retrieved an assault rifle and returned to the area. When they arrived back at the residence, another fight broke out and an unknown male armed himself with the assault rifle and began firing multiple shots in the direction of the disturbance, striking a 16 year old in the leg. The suspect also struck the residence multiple times, which was occupied by several people, including an elderly female.


One of the projectiles from the assault rifle hit a gas line which caused a fire in the kitchen. The Houma Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.


Houma Police have identified several suspects as being responsible for this incident. They were identified as Summer R. Burson, 19 yrs old of Adoue Street in Houma, Ceara T. Barnett, 18 yrs old of Carlos Street in Houma, Jishine T. Duncan, 19 yrs old of Leighton Drive in Thibodaux and a 16 year old male.


All suspects were arrested for Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property and Principal to Attempted Second Degree Murder. The adults were transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex to be booked. The juvenile was booked and released on the aforementioned charges.


Houma Police detectives will continue their investigation into this matter and further arrests are pending.


Anyone with information is encouraged to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.