THIBODAUX, La. - Six people who were riding in an SUV with 15-year-old Jamonta Miles when he was shot to death Monday night have been arrested and charged with offenses that may have led to the fatal shooting, according to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Craig Webre said that Miles and six other teens were in the SUV Monday night and they had traveled to Raceland to look for a man who had started an argument with them on Facebook.
Once in Raceland, Webre said the seven teens couldn’t locate the subject they were looking for and instead decided to try to find some random people to terrorize.
According to Webre, the teens came upon another group of young men, including the man who would become the shooter.
Webre said the group began arguing with the suspect and he pulled out a weapon and fired several shots. The young men were able to scramble into the SUV unscathed, but the suspect continued to fire and struck Miles in the head and another teen, Ijah Baptiste, in the elbow.
The other six teens in the SUV were identified as: 17-year-old Ijah Baptiste, 18-year-old Damian Dyer, 18-year-old Jeremy Carcisse, 17-year-old Donovan McPherson, 17-year-old Devonte Robertson and 18-year-old Damien Wagner.
All of the six were charged with criminal street gang activity, terrorizing, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and possession of alcoholic beverages by people under 21.
Carcisse was also charged with theft and McPherson was charged with illegal carrying of a weapon.
Webre said the six men claimed to belong to a street gang in the Thibodaux area known as YNIC or Young N***** in Charge.
Police are still seeking information on the shooter and are asking anyone terrorized by the gang to come forward with information.