The people of Terrebone Parish, Louisiana ( about 57 miles southwest of New Orleans) don’t brook to much provocation before exchanging fire. In Houma, the parish seat, it’s not even safe to knock on someone’s door — or the door next door to that, at the wrong hour.
At 3 a.m. last night, on the 8000 block of Cyprus street in Houma, 58-year-old Ray Carlos was awakened by a banging sound ringing through the still, humid bayou air. Carlos stormed out of his house, demanding to know what ruckus disturbed his peaceful gator croakings. He found a man, as yet unidentified, banging on the door of his neighbor’s house.
Details aren’t in yet, but the house evidently belonged to the banger’s ex-girlfriend. Carlos confronted him in the street, and at some point fired a single shot into the man’s head. Carlos called 9-1-1; police found the man dead on the sidewalk, and arrested Carlos for second-degree murder.
Terrebonne Parish is no stranger to these sorts of things, though. Barely eight months ago, a shooting rampage in Raceland (about 5 miles away) left four dead and two injured. Which is, even in itself, nothing Earth-shattering for the area. Louisiana — with gun laws so lax that they practically hand SA .45s out with every order of poutine — had the single highest rate of gun deaths per capita of any state in the Confederacy in 2011.
Louisiana is also in the top five dumbest states in the country. Which is interesting.