HOUMA, La. (WVUE) -A 15-year-old was shot during a fight with involving several teenagers, according to the Houma Police Department.
Police say officers were called out to the intersection of Good and Main Street around 9 p.m. in reference to large fight. During the brawl, someone fired a gun into the crowd which struck the 15-year-old victim in the back.
He was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Video released by the Houma Police Department shows the fight. It was posted on social media by investigators hoping to identify participants in the fight, according to Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman.
“A lot of this can be put to rest just on social media," Coleman said. “Because a lot of it starts, you get kids from various areas arguing on social media, then they pick a place to meet up to act out their anger and stuff like that, but you need someone to step up to the plate and say enough is enough.”
Coleman said there’s recently been an increase in crime among teens and young adults.
“We’re seeing a little increase in it, especially with some shootings we’ve been investigating over the past several months, not only us but surrounding law enforcement areas as well,” he said.
Houma Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call them or the Bayou Region Crimestoppers at 1-800-743-7433 . You can also submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersbr.org.
“The law enforcement in this area has a great relationship with the community and we’ve been networking with each other, bringing all of our knowledge skills and abilities together to see if we can try to put an end to this violence with weapons that we have been seeing over the past several months,” Coleman said.