An 18-year-old man named Isiah Craig Fitzgerald was shot and killed and an 18-year-old woman was critically injured following a heated social media exchange that turned violent. The incident occurred in rural Missouri and was reportedly sparked by Fitzgerald’s reaction to a Facebook photo posted by Tanner Watkins and his girlfriend.
According to reports, Watkins, 20, and Kaleb M. Ramsey, 18, were arrested and charged with murder, three counts of assault, four counts of unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. The suspects and victims agreed to meet at a park to fight, which ultimately turned into the scene of the shooting.
Police say both suspects and victims were communicating through social media and that it appeared they were trying to meet up at a location to fight. Shots were fired from both vehicles that had arrived at the park, and multiple firearms were used, including an AK-47-style rifle.
Fitzgerald was shot in the face and died at the scene, while the female victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The suspects were quickly apprehended by police, and guns were taken for evidence.
This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the potential dangers of social media and the need for responsible behavior on such platforms. In this case, a simple reaction to a Facebook photo led to a deadly altercation, resulting in loss of life and serious injuries. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim, and we hope that justice will be served.