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A Houma man was arrested Monday night after police said he shot at three people who were standing on an apartment balcony.  

Kwan Allen Jr., 19, is charged with three counts of attempted second-degree murder, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said. 

Allen’s arrest resulted from a shooting that took place around 10:30 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 6700 block of Alma Street. Deputies were called out to investigate reports of multiple gunshots that struck an apartment building. 

Deputies encountered two adult men and an adult woman who authorities said were the shooter’s intended targets. Investigators learned that shortly before the shots rang out, the woman’s estranged boyfriend went to the apartment and found out one of the men present had previously dated her, authorities said. 

The suspect, identified as Allen, threatened the woman and man before leaving the apartment, the Sheriff’s Office said. Three occupants of the apartment then went on to the balcony and saw Allen sitting inside a car that was parked on a nearby lot.  

Multiple gunshots were then fired as the three occupants ran back into the apartment, authorities said. Though there were no injuries, the apartment building was struck by gunfire several times. The suspect’s car was then seen speeding away from the scene. 

Allen was later found during a traffic stop in Thibodaux, police said. He was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Houma for questioning, and his car was towed to the Sheriff’s Office. 

Allen graduated from Terrebonne High School in 2020, where he also played football. Teacher Melissa Williamson said she remembered him during his days at Houma Junior High School. 

“I was a teacher there,” she said. “He was such a great kid. My son played football with him as well. He was every teacher’s dream student.  He was a leader for many on and off the football team. Kwan had such a bright future ahead of him. Super talented athlete and a bright student. I am literally shaking my head.” 

Allen was booked into the Terrebonne Parish jail, where he is being held on $500,000 bail.  

The case remains under investigation. Authorities are asking anyone with more information about the shooting to call the Sheriff’s Office at 876-2500. 

Staff Writer Dan Copp can be reached at 448-7639 or at dan.copp@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanVCopp. 



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