A 17-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a shooting Sunday night in the Rita community of Lockport that resulted in another man’s death. Jyairus Folse, of Lockport, was charged with Second Degree Murder in the shooting death of 19-year-old Alton Adams of Bayou Blue.
Folse is also charged with six counts of attempted murder – one count for each person inside the residence during the shooting.
At around 10:25 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to a call of a shooting in the 100 block of East Fontinelle Street. When deputies arrived they found Adams had been struck by a single round. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. He was inside his mother’s residence with six other individuals when they heard gunshots. At least eight rounds were fired with at least four striking the residence. One of those rounds struck Adams resulting in his death.
Overnight and during the day on Monday, February 11, detectives interviewed witnesses and neighbors. Through investigation, Folse was developed as a suspect, and detectives obtained warrants for his arrest.
Detectives made contact with Folse Monday afternoon, and he was taken into custody. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He is charged with one count of Second Degree Murder and six counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder. His bond is set at $5 million.
The victim’s friends and family members said the shooting has left them reeling with more questions than answers.
Adams’ cousin Nicole Barlow, of Larose, said she remembers babysitting him years ago.
“He was always a very good-hearted family person,” Barlow said. “He never messed with anyone. He wanted his boating license just like his dad. He was very well-loved by everyone. We’re all still in shock and are not sure what to think. We feel like we’re all in a nightmare. We just want justice. We want his shooter to get caught.”
Houma resident Camille Simoneaux, who said she was the victim’s girlfriend, echoed Barlow’s sentiments.
“He was a very happy and outgoing person, always clowning around, loved his family and his dogs with all his heart and would give anybody the shirt off his back,” Simoneaux said. “He never harmed anyone and was always the quiet kid. He was never in trouble.”
The motive for the shooting remains unknown, and the investigation is continuing.
Posted on Tue, February 12, 2019
by The Lafourche Gazette