Houma man arrested in shooting early Sunday morning

Tony James, 32 (TPSO)
Tony James, 32 (TPSO)

Terrebonne Parish, La.-  Police say a Houma man was arrested in connection with an early Sunday morning shooting.

Around 2:30 a.m., Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints of several subjects fighting near the Waffle House on Martin Luther King Blvd. in west Houma. Callers also reported hearing gunshots in the area as well.

Upon the arrival, approximately 200 subjects scattered between the Waffle House parking lot and the shopping center across the street near Target.

After clearing all subjects from the parking lots, police learned that a male arrived at Terrebonne General Medical Center with a gunshot wound that reportedly happened near the Target.

Investigators say multiple physical fights occurred between several individuals inside the Waffle House and near Target. During one of the fights, 32-year-old Tony James reportedly began firing into the crowd, striking a 19-year-old male who was not involved in any of the altercations.

James fled the scene before police arrived and the 19-year-old victim was transported in a personal vehicle by a friend to the hospital.

Emergency surgery was conducted to repair a severed artery in his leg. He is currently listed in critical condition.

James was arrested and charged with one count of attempted second degree murder and one count of illegal discharge of a firearm. He was booked at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex where he is awaiting a bond hearing.